2012’s Big Moments in the Microsoft Cloud

Many of us spend time reflecting this time of year. At least I do. And while there are certainly times we need to evaluate, learn, and grow from the various challenges we face, at year’s end I like to celebrate the positives and remember all the hard work our extended teams contributed to make them possible. I’d like to share a list of some of the big moments from my perspective – through the lens of the support the Global Foundation Services’ team provided to manage Microsoft’s growing cloud infrastructure. These were big moments in how they influenced our business and the lasting impact they will have on the company. Read More >>

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Microsoft Receives EPA’s Green Power Leadership Award

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Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability
Microsoft has again been honored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its investment in sustainable power, as discussed on a new Software Enabled Earth blog post this week. Adding to our previous recognition as a top green power purchaser by the EPA, Microsoft was recently named as one of four organizations nationwide to receive the EPA’s Green Power Partner of the Year award. Read More >>

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Cloud Computing Creates Opportunities for Greater Efficiency!

The New York Timeshas launched a series looking at the environmental and economic impacts of cloud computing. These are critical issues to all cloud users and providers, and areas in which Microsoft has dedicated substantial resources, helped create industry metrics for, and publicly shared our best practices on for many years. We may not agree with all of the conclusions that theTimesreaches, but we appreciate their desire to focus attention on these important topics. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s Energy and Efficiency Evolution to Power the Cloud

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From search engines like Bing and Google, to social media like Facebook and Twitter, to hosted services on Azure and other platforms, to a wide range of cloud services like Office 365, Xbox Live and Hotmail, online services are a critical part of our lives, and they will only get more prevalent and indispensable in the years ahead. Today, Microsoft delivers more than 200 online services to 1+ billion customers and 20 million businesses in over 76 markets worldwide. The data centers that provide these services require constant and reliable energy to operate, and the purchase of energy is one of a data center’s single largest expenditures. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s Top 10 Business Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Data Centers

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Microsoft recognizes the tough challenges that data center and IT managers face today as they struggle to support their businesses in the face of rising costs and uncertainty about the future. But the fact is – being “lean and green” is good for both the business and the environment. Read More >>

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