How Can Datacenters Help Build a New Energy Economy? Just Ask San Antonio

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Business Impact, Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Road Map
As Microsoft embraces a more thoughtful approach to powering the cloud, we’re looking at how we can reinvent the datacenter to be more efficient and use more sustainable energy sources. Very few cities have embraced the clean energy economy like San Antonio and its mayor, Julian Castro. In addition, The University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) has demonstrated its commitment to a more sustainable energy future by establishing The Texas Sustainable Energy Research Institute (SERI) under the leadership of Dr. Les Shephard, formerly of Sandia National Lab. With one of our largest datacenters located in San Antonio, we saw an opportunity to work with the city’s renewable energy community on the role of datacenters in accelerating the growth of clean energy. Read More >>

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Joining the OCP Foundation Board

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Data Centers, Server Design
The following post is from Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft. Today the Open Compute Project Foundation announced that I am one of two new board members, effective immediately. This follows our announcement in January that Microsoft has joined OCP and has contributed the Microsoft cloud server specification to the community. I’m excited and honored to join the community’s leadership and help guide OCP’s continued efforts toward more open, efficient and sustainable datacenters. Read More >>

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Microsoft Announces New Investment to Power a Greener Cloud

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Business Impact, Data Centers, Efficiency and Sustainability, Road Map
As Microsoft continues to experience increasing customer global demand for our cloud and online services like Bing, MSN, Office 365, Xbox Live, SkyDrive, Skype, and the Windows Azure platform, we are also thoughtfully planning for sustainably growing what is already one of the world’s largest cloud infrastructures. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s Cloud Server Engineer to Share Optimized Server Best Practices at Open Server Summit

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Business Impact, Data Centers, Events, Reliability, Server Design
Servers represent an essential component in any datacenter operation. Once a datacenter is built, the servers and energy required to power them are the two largest recurring expenditures, and some datacenter operators aren’t aware of this fact. Kushagra Vaid, General Manager for Server Engineering, will keynote at the Open Server Summit in San Francisco on October 24 to share how Microsoft optimizes its servers for cloud service delivery. 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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