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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Making Carbon Neutrality Everyone’s Responsibility at Microsoft

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Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability
Yesterday, Microsoft announced a significant step to reduce our environmental footprint by committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2012. As the team that operates our cloud infrastructure, Global Foundation Services (GFS) will be instrumental in achieving this goal. Read More >>

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Microsoft Recognized by EPA as Leading Green Power Purchaser

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Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability
This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of the Top 50 Green Power Partnership organizations, listing Microsoft as the third largest purchaser of green power. The EPA evaluates organizations voluntarily using clean, renewable electricity from resources such as solar, wind, and low-impact hydropower. As Robert Bernard, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist, details in his environmental sustainability blog post, ‘Microsoft earned this recognition by purchasing more than 1.1 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power annually. This is enough green power to meet 46 percent of Microsoft’s electricity use and is the annual equivalent to taking more than 150,000 passenger vehicles off the road’. Read More >>

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Thinking Off the Grid: Independence for today’s Data Centers via Data Plants?

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Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability
Question. Why do data centers need to be connected to a dirty, expensive, unreliable electrical grid? Answer. They don’t and they don’t want to be either. Integrating a data center directly into the power plant -- what we are calling our Data Plant program -- will allow a data center to pick its sustainable fuel source and shield itself from grid volatility. Read More >>

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Operational Excellence is Essential for a Reliable Cloud Infrastructure

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Data Centers, Reliability, Security and Compliance
When Microsoft delivered its first online service back in 1994, the cloud was still a relatively undefined, evolving space. Today, Microsoft’s cloud supports more than 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses in 76 countries and it’s still growing. To support the increasing array of enterprise-level online services, Microsoft is investing heavily in a global cloud infrastructure that delivers security, reliability, scalability, efficiency, and performance. Read More >>

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