Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters: Part 2

As I discussed in a recent blog post, designing infrastructure for cloud services like Office 365, Windows Azure, and Bing requires an understanding of the nexus of interactions between workloads, the Cloud OS, and server/datacenter architecture. It is critical to take a holistic view across these key areas in order to understand and achieve total cost of ownership (TCO) benefits, as the combination presents efficiencies that are greater than the sum of their parts. Today, I’ll take a deeper look into the technologies that Microsoft uses to manage its cloud-scale, software-defined datacenters, how these impact server designs, (including server capacity provisioning allocation), and how we balance workloads. Read More >>

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Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters

Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure, including datacenters and networks, hosts massive cloud applications such as Windows Azure, Bing, Xbox Live and Office 365 on more than a million servers around the world. Deploying and operating these services requires coordination between both the software and hardware components to maximize great utilization and computing efficiencies, and reduce the total cost of ownership (TCO) aspects that we work so hard to achieve. Read More >>

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How Microsoft Operates One of the World’s Largest Cloud Infrastructures

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Business Impact, Efficiency and Sustainability, Reliability
Microsoft has delivered online services since 1994 with the launch of MSN. Today, our engineering and operations teams build, manage and secure a$15 billion cloud-scale infrastructure that powers over 200 services for consumers and businesses 24x7x365 via globally distributed data centers, networks, and security mechanisms, software applications and tools. Our cloud supports more than 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses in 76 markets. With an annual investment of $9.5 billion in research and development, we are enabled to continue to accelerate the innovations in our operational processes to maximize reliability, performance, and efficiency as our capacity grows. Read More >>

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Microsoft Cloud-Scale Data Center designs

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Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Security and Compliance
In a post last month, I shared some new details about how Microsoft focuses on the use of software to engineer resiliency into our global network of cloud-scale data centers. I explained the fundamental shift we’ve made to viewing data centers through a systems integrator model, where we look at every aspect of the physical and operational environment as a component of an integrated system to drive continual improvement in performance, efficiency and service availability. By sharing the responsibility for service availability – from development to data center – we’re breaking down the silos that traditionally separate IT engineering activities, allowing Microsoft to define the data center environment as a converged ecosystem delivering improved reliability of our services and more satisfied customers. Read More >>

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Software Reigns in Microsoft’s Cloud-Scale Data Centers

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Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Server Design
Operating and maintaining the infrastructure behind Microsoft’s huge cloud is a mission critical endeavor. With over 200 cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, SkyDrive, Xbox Live, and the Windows Azure platform running in our data centers, the Global Foundation Services’ (GFS) team is a key component in delivering the highly available experience our customers expect from the cloud. To do this effectively, we’re continuously evolving our operational strategies to drive quality and efficiency up while lowering costs and increasing overall value to our customers. Read More >>

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