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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.
Microsoft has an environmental
strategy that spans the entire company and is focused on reducing
the impact of our own operations and accelerating the use of
information technology in addressing environmental issues. As part
of the team responsible for operating one of the world's largest
cloud infrastructures, we proudly support this strategy.
In honor of Earth Day, I've highlighted ten
environmental-related facts about the data centers Microsoft builds
and operates (see graphic). This list represents countless
hours people have dedicated in our data centers to research,
develop, and implement approaches that help drive efficiency and
sustainability in our cloud-scale infrastructure.
At Microsoft, our sustainability efforts are focused on doing
more with less. We strive to continually deliver higher-quality
services, to more customers, over more regions of the globe at a
lower cost and with less impact to the environment. As the
director of Energy Strategy, I'm measured by my own team's ability
to make improvements in how our data centers source power and how
we manage our infrastructure's overall system energy efficiency. By
continually considering efficiency in our infrastructure management
and the power sources we choose, we often experience the dual
benefit of reduced costs and sustainability improvements including
power consumption, water usage, and carbon emissions.
We recognize the impact our growing infrastructure has on the
company's footprint, but we're also well aware of the benefits cloud computing has on our global
society. This latter point is often overlooked as discussions often
focus on the footprint of data centers alone, while failing to note
the efficiency gains afforded by cloud services. Our cloud
infrastructure enables our customers to do more with less.
Less servers. Less Energy. Less environmental
impact. And while we continue to make progress in driving
efficiencies in our own operations, we know that more opportunities
exist, and look forward to sharing more about our journey with you
in the future.
To learn more about our approach to sustainability in
Microsoft's data centers, download our new Strategy Paper and watch our new video. Additionally, visit Microsoft's environmental sustainability web
site and check out their latest blog post of the EPA
recognizing Microsoft as a top green power purchaser.
Have a great Earth Day!
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