Achievement Unlocked – Fuel Cell-Powered Computing

Last month we told you about a new idea to eliminate electrical distribution in the datacenter and improve uptime at the rack. Sounds great in principal but can you get it to actually work? I am happy to announce the successful demonstration of the concept at the National Fuel Cell Research Center at UC Irvine. We successfully demonstrated a rack of servers powered directly off the direct current (DC) output of the fuel cell stack, essentially stripping out most of the infrastructure found in the traditional data center energy supply chain. The result is a very efficient system with a radically simplified supply chain and fewer points of potential failure. 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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Microsoft Datacenter Engineers Discuss Software-Defined Datacenters at Industry Events

Customers look to Microsoft’s cloud to deliver highly available experiences across our 200+ cloud services. Microsoft remains focused on building software-defined datacenters to improve the reliability of our cloud-scale infrastructure. This month, General Manager Christian Belady and Director of Datacenter Architecture & Design, David Gauthier, both members of Microsoft’s Datacenter Services team, will participate in top industry events to share lessons learned from designing and operating Microsoft’s global infrastructure. Read More >>

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Microsoft Research Spotlights Potential of Software Defined Networking

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Microsoft continues to explore new ways to use software to improve the delivery of services running in our cloud-scale infrastructure. Software Defined Networking (SDN) is one of the latest technologies to grab the attention of the networking world, and this week our colleagues in Microsoft Research’s (MSR) Mobility and Networking group published a series of technical papers to demonstrate the potential for this technology. 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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