Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure Receives FISMA Approval

By Mark Estberg, Senior Director of Risk and Compliance, Global Foundation Services  Although cloud computing has emerged as a hot topic only in the past few years, Microsoft has been running some of the largest and most reliable online services in the world for over 16 years. Our cloud infrastructure supports more than 200 cloud…

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Information Security Management System for Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure

By Mark Estberg, Senior Director of Risk and Compliance, Global Foundation Services   I often hear questions that are variations of “How does Microsoft secure its cloud?” and “How does Microsoft manage compliance in the cloud?”  The answer is similar to how any enterprise operates a comprehensive security program and is based on our information…

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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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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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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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