Brian Janous to keynote Data Center World Conference April 29th

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Microsoft’s director of energy strategy, Brian Janous, will deliver the opening keynote address at the Data Center World Spring 2013 conference in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Hotel, on April 29th. Data Center World Spring, a bi-annual event produced by AFCOM, includes more than 60 educational sessions covering all aspects of data center and facilities management. 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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10 Earth-Friendly Facts about Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure

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Efficiency and Sustainability
Earth Day is Monday, April 22, providing a moment to reflect on the daily work we are doing to drive greater environmental sustainability at Microsoft and for our customers, partners, and the industry. While Earth Day is only a single day, sustainability is a year-round effort for my Data Center Advanced Development team, as well as our extended teams from Global Foundation Services, Environmental Sustainability, Microsoft Research, and all our cloud services groups. Read More >>

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Microsoft’s ITPAC – A Perfect Fit for Off-the-Grid Computing Capacity

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Efficiency and Sustainability
Last November we announced our zero carbon Data Plant R&D project in Cheyenne, Wyoming. For a quick refresher, we’re placing a small container data center we call an IT Pre-Assembled Component, or ITPAC, at a wastewater treatment facility in Cheyenne. A natural bi-product of a wastewater plant is methane gas, which is typically flared off because it’s uneconomical to recover and convert to grid energy. At our Data Plant, we view this methane gas as an opportunity to provide a reliable power source to power a data center, and we decided to launch this project to test the concept and the capabilities. Read More >>

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