Microsoft Achieves SOC 2 Type II and SOC 3 for Cloud and Online Services Infrastructure

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Security and Compliance
Global Foundation Services (GFS), which builds and operates Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure, has become one of the first in the industry to complete SOC 2 Type II and SOC 3 audits. The SOC 2 is a new attestation report for service organizations that contains rigorous standards for security, availability, processing integrity, confidentiality, and privacy. Guided by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) Trust Services Principles, SOC 2 reports are intended to establish trust and confidence with external customers regarding an organization’s service delivery processes and controls. Read More >>

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Harmonizing Cloud Security Requirements to Enable Cloud Adoption

Posted by Global Foundation Services in
Security and Compliance
Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) organization delivers the global infrastructure and network for over 200 consumer and enterprise cloud services. The security, privacy and reliability expectations of the customers served by these services must be met in order to develop the level of trust necessary to support a global shift to online and cloud computing. Each of Microsoft’s online and cloud services focus on its respective customer requirements and GFS must meet the obligations that come from all of the more than 200 services because they all reside in the GFS infrastructure. While many of the capabilities must be provided at the service layer, all services have at least some level of dependency on the cloud infrastructure built, managed, and secured by GFS. 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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