Rightsizing Servers to Achieve Cost and Power Savings

For Production Datacenters – White paper published     This week our team published a new white paper on “Rightsizing Servers to Achieve Cost and Power Savings,” written by Dileep Bhandarkar and Kushagra Vaid, distinguished engineer and principal hardware architect in our Global Foundation Services (GFS) datacenter team. The paper offers best practices on how GFS…

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Continuing to Share Best Practices on Security and Privacy for the Cloud

  By Mark Estberg, Senior Director of Risk and Compliance, Global Foundation Services    Microsoft has released several papers over the last couple of months on how we secure the cloud infrastructure, manage online service security, and how we developed and manage our compliance framework. Together, these papers describe some of the factors that are…

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Introducing the Microsoft Compliance Framework for Online Services

  By Mark Estberg, Senior Director of Risk and Compliance, Global Foundation Services    Sometimes it can seem like half the battle of securing online services involves satisfying audits and otherwise demonstrating that you are complying with industry and government regulations.  Just like any online service provider, Microsoft is subject to a large number of…

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Microsoft Celebrates Chicago Data Center Grand Opening

Microsoft’s cloud computing infrastructure takes another big step forward this week with the grand opening of our Chicago data center. At more than 700,000 square feet, this facility significantly expands our ability to meet the demand generated from our Live, Online, and Cloud Computing services offerings for our customers. To find out more read today’s…

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Dublin Data Center Celebrates Grand Opening

This is a big week for Microsoft’s online, live, and cloud services as we celebrate the grand opening of our new data center in Dublin, Ireland. The Dublin facility delivers two key advances for Microsoft’s Software plus Services initiatives. One is expanded support for all our customers in the Europe, Middle East, and Africa region,…

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Microsoft Brings Two More Mega Data Centers Online in July

July marks the launch of our two newest mega data centers in Chicago and Dublin. Our Dublin facility will go live on July 1, followed by our Chicago facility on July 20 to support our growing Online, Live, and Cloud services. Together these Generation 3 facilities demonstrate Microsoft’s continuing commitment to improving data center efficiency with…

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Microsoft’s Infrastructure Services Team Welcomes Kevin Timmons

Building an organization around exceptional leaders with the deepest industry expertise is core to how we evolve our organization. Read today’s posting on our Microsoft Data Centers blog about Kevin Timmons joining Global Foundation Services to head up our Data Center Services organization. Kevin brings a wealth of knowledge and passion in this space, most recently serving as…

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Response to Question about SAS 70 Objectives

By Pete Boden, GM, Online Services Security & Compliance, Global Foundation Services  Following our posting further below we received a question about what the objectives were for our SAS 70 certification. Here’s our response: The Global Foundation Services (GFS)-managed online operating environment is required to meet a number of government-mandated and industry security requirements, many…

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Securing Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure: Part 2

By Pete Boden, GM, Online Services Security & Compliance, Global Foundation Services    The release last week of our white paper on Securing Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure has generated a lot of discussion in the industry, which was our intent. We wrote the paper in part to communicate our practices to customers concerned about security in…

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Securing Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure

By Charlie McNerney, GM, Business & Risk Management, Global Foundation Services   When we talk with business customers about what they expect from cloud computing, two main themes emerge. On the one hand, technology business decision makers are enticed by the idea that purchasing services from a cloud environment could allow them to save money…

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