Microsoft Invests in Subsea Cables to Connect Datacenters Globally

This blog was originally posted on the Microsoft Azure blog DAVID CROWLEY, Managing Director, Network Enablement I’m at International Telecoms Week (ITW) today, talking about how the telecoms industry is in the midst of a change to accommodate the growing trend of data consumption. As we look at how people and businesses will interact with…


From Silicon to System: How Hyper-scale Impacts Your Design

Brad Booth, Principal Service Engineer, Networking   On April 15, 2015, I am delivering a keynote address titled “From Silicon to System: How Hyper-scale Impacts Your Design” at the Ethernet Technology Summit being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Microsoft’s network is the second largest in the world. Even with such a large footprint…


Microsoft Reinvents Datacenter Power Backup with New Open Compute Project Specification

This blog was originally published on the Server and Cloud blog. Guest post by Shaun Harris, Principal Hardware Engineer Microsoft has been designing, building and operating datacenters for over two decades and this experience has led to several key insights into driving efficiency at all levels of the datacenter design. This is why we chose…


Microsoft’s Biogas-Powered Data Plant Opens in Wyoming

Cross posted from the Microsoft Green blogJosh Henretig, Senior DirectorEnergy, Environment & Cities Two years ago, we announced a partnership with a number of private and public sector partners to build the first zero-carbon datacenter, called a Data Plant—a fuel cell-powered datacenter that simplifies the power distribution infrastructure by bringing  together the power plant with…


Microsoft Contributes Next Generation Server Design to Open Compute Project

Kushagra VaidGeneral ManagerServer Engineering Yesterday I gave a keynote address at the Open Compute Project (OCP) European Summit, where I announced the contribution of the 2nd-generation Open CloudServer (OCS v2) specification.  In January, Microsoft joined OCP and submitted the first OCS specification, born from our experience in our own cloud-scale datacenters.  OCS v2 incorporates a number of…


Microsoft Announces Largest Wind Project to Date

Rob BernardChief Environmental StrategistWorld Wide Environmental Sustainability Microsoft is committed to reducing our environmental footprint, and over the past two years we continue to meet our goal of becoming carbon neutral. Our approach to meeting that goal, however, continues to evolve. Today, we are announcing another move to make our operations more environmentally sustainable by signing…


Microsoft, Others Partner on Fuel Cell Research with $5 Million Awarded by ARPA-E

Cross-posted from the Microsoft Green Blog Josh Henretig, Director, World Wide Environmental Sustainability Microsoft is once again partnering with others to further fuel cell innovations, with the goal of developing a very efficient, low-cost fuel cell system. Microsoft, Redox Power Systems LLC, the University of Maryland and Trans-Tech Inc. were recently awarded $5 million by…


IT Pros pick Microsoft’s Software-Defined Networks Monitoring solution DEMon

Brad Booth, Principal EngineerGlobal Networking Services Microsoft was recognized for its SDN Monitoring DEMon Solution and swept all six leader awards for Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation this week at the Ethernet Summit in Santa Clara, California. The award was presented by IT Brand Pulse and revealed the results of their…


Microsoft Expands Datacenter Presence in Iowa

Kevin Williams, DirectorData Center Services Last week, the City of West Des Moines announced that Microsoft will expand its datacenter presence in West Des Moines, Iowa, paving the way for one of its Generation 5 cloud-scale datacenters that will enhance reliability and redundancy of our cloud services via software integration.  When complete, the datacenter will be one of the…


How Can Datacenters Help Build a New Energy Economy? Just Ask San Antonio

Brian Janous, Director of Energy StrategyGlobal Sales Foundation As Microsoft embraces a more thoughtful approach to powering the cloud, we're looking at how we can reinvent the datacenter to be more efficient and use more sustainable energy sources. Very few cities have embraced the clean energy economy like San Antonio and its mayor, Julian Castro….