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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Cloud Compliance

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Security and Compliance
Compliance is a popular and often debated cloud services topic. I see this firsthand in my role as a senior director in Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) Online Services Security and Compliance organization. GFS manages Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure. The Online Services Security and Compliance team provides infrastructure security, compliance and reliability capabilities to Microsoft’s 200+ cloud and online services. 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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How Microsoft Secures its Cloud-Scale Data Centers and Infrastructure

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Security and Compliance
Microsoft is committed to giving customers the information they need to have confidence in us as a cloud provider. Today, we continue to share our best practices and key learnings to be as open and transparent as possible, and contribute to industry and community efforts to increase trust in the cloud. While there is complexity in the cloud and in some of the security techniques necessary to protect cloud services, explanations should be clear. Read More >>

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Microsoft Announces Free Security Assessment Service For Country-Code Top-Level Domain Registries

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Security and Compliance
Attacks on Country-Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) have far-reaching effects on private individuals, large and small companies, non-profits, and government organizations. Today, I wrote on the Microsoft Security blog about a new Microsoft Country-Code Top-Level Domain (ccTLD) Registry Security Assessment Service that we are now offering to address this challenge. Read More >>

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