Microsoft Expands Datacenter Presence in Iowa

Last week, the City of West Des Moines announced that Microsoft will expand its datacenter presence in West Des Moines, Iowa, paving the way for one of its Generation 5 cloud-scale datacenters that will enhance reliability and redundancy of our cloud services via software integration. When complete, the datacenter will be one of the largest in the Microsoft portfolio with over one million square feet of colocation and support space. Read More >>

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Microsoft Networking Engineer to Discuss Ethernet Ecosystem Demand from the Cloud

We can all agree that the Cloud is an incredible technology advancement that is driving businesses to reimagine their IT models and spend. As more services, applications, and data move to the cloud, cloud providers will need far more servers and bandwidth. Ethernet is the interconnect in cloud datacenters. At the upcoming Ethernet Technology Summit in Santa Clara, CA on April 30, Microsoft’s Brad Booth, Principal Engineer, will provide a keynote address on Ethernet as a critical component of cloud computing. Booth will address the insatiable appetite for data and applications by both organizations and the worldwide market of connect consumers. In addition, Booth will discuss the changes required for Ethernet technology going forward as well as how the Ethernet ecosystem can respond to rapidly changing demands. Don’t miss this thought provoking discussion on April 30, from 2:00 – 2:30 pm, at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Visit the Ethernet Technology Summit page to learn more about the conference. Read More >>

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How Can Datacenters Help Build a New Energy Economy? Just Ask San Antonio

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Business Impact, Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Road Map
As Microsoft embraces a more thoughtful approach to powering the cloud, we’re looking at how we can reinvent the datacenter to be more efficient and use more sustainable energy sources. Very few cities have embraced the clean energy economy like San Antonio and its mayor, Julian Castro. In addition, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has demonstrated its commitment to a more sustainable energy future by establishing The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (SERI) under the leadership of Dr. Les Shephard, formerly of Sandia National Lab. With one of our largest datacenters located in San Antonio, we saw an opportunity to work with the city’s renewable energy community on the role of datacenters in accelerating the growth of clean energy. Read More >>

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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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Microsoft Exploring Fuel Cell-Powered Datacenters via the Server Rack

Recently, together with colleagues in Microsoft Research, we published a research paper titled No More Electrical Infrastructure: Towards Fuel Cell Powered Data Centers that describes how we are taking an unconventional approach to power a datacenter entirely by fuel cells integrated directly into the server racks. This brings the power plant inside the datacenter, dramatically reducing energy loss that otherwise occurs in the energy supply chain and doubling the efficiency of traditional datacenters. Read More >>

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