Software Reigns in Microsoft’s Cloud-Scale Data Centers

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Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Server Design
Operating and maintaining the infrastructure behind Microsoft’s huge cloud is a mission critical endeavor. With over 200 cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, SkyDrive, Xbox Live, and the Windows Azure platform running in our data centers, the Global Foundation Services’ (GFS) team is a key component in delivering the highly available experience our customers expect from the cloud. To do this effectively, we’re continuously evolving our operational strategies to drive quality and efficiency up while lowering costs and increasing overall value to our customers. Read More >>

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Christian Belady at Datacentres Malaysia Conference, January 16

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Asia is one of the critical regions for Microsoft as the demand for our cloud services continues to grow. To help share our latest thinking and best practices with the industry in that region, on January 16, Microsoft’s General Manager of Data Center Services, Christian Belady will speak with data center executives and managers at the Datacentres Malaysia conference in Kuala Lumpur. 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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Microsoft’s Top 10 Business Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Data Centers

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Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability
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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Every Watt Matters!

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Business Impact, Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Road Map
Data center operators are touting metrics like PUE to demonstrate energy efficiency leadership, but there is more to consider. Data centers exist because they can more efficiently and economically scale to house servers that host online services used by enterprises and consumers. However, we need a more holistic approach to ensure that we are minimizing the energy consumed to run these services. Performance matters, but so does the energy consumed to deliver that performance. During my past 40 years as a computer architect, I have seen processor power grow faster than processor performance. Read More >>

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