Microsoft contributes cloud server designs to the Open Compute Project

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Data Centers
The following post is from Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft. On Tuesday, I will deliver a keynote address to 3,000 attendees at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, Calif. where I will announce that Microsoft is joining the OCP, a community focused on engineering the most efficient hardware for cloud and high-scale computing via open collaboration. I will also announce that we are contributing to the OCP what we call the Microsoft cloud server specification: the designs for the most advanced server hardware in Microsoft datacenters delivering global cloud services like Windows Azure, Office 365, Bing and others. We are excited to participate in the OCP community and share our cloud innovation with the industry in order to foster more efficient datacenters and the adoption of cloud computing. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services and Windows Azure Receive FedRAMP JAB P-ATO

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Business Impact, Data Centers, Reliability, Security and Compliance
I am pleased to announce that after a rigorous review process, Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) organization, in conjunction with Microsoft’s Windows Azure cloud platform, has been granted Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB). The press release is available here. Read More >>

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Learn how Microsoft Manages its Cloud-Scale Infrastructure at Datacenter Dynamics Converged Seattle

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Whether you manage an IT environment or have considered a move to cloud services, do not miss the opportunity to hear from two of Microsoft’s top data center experts at the upcoming Datacenter Dynamics Converged Seattle conference on September 12. In separate keynotes, Microsoft Data Center Services team General Managers Christian Belady and Gregg McKnight will discuss the company’s global cloud-scale infrastructure evolution, share best practices, and answer questions about the company’s cloud management strategies. 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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