Microsoft Receives Leaders Award for Innovation in the Mega Data Centre

  by Kevin Timmons, General Manager of Datacenter Services Global Foundation Services, Microsoft Corporation   This week our team was honored to receive the Datacentre Leaders Award 2009 for Innovation in the Mega Data Centre category for our new Dublin facility by Data Center Dynamics magazine.    “We’re honored to receive this award, which recognizes…

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Rightsizing Servers to Achieve Cost and Power Savings in the Datacenter

  By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph. D. Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, Microsoft     I speak about server rightsizing from time to time at technology conferences, and am surprised that the basic concepts are new to some people in the industry. A lot of people don’t realize the huge performance disparity between the Central Processing…

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The Polarization of the Data Center Industry (at least for now): Part 2 of 2

The Inflection Point for Efficiency in the Data Center   By Christian Belady, Principal Infrastructure Architect Global Foundation Services, Microsoft Corporation The Gartner graph (included in Part 1 of this blog) also made me think about the fact– that had the same survey been asked 5 years ago– it would have shown100 percent are either…

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The Polarization of the Data Center Industry (at least for now): Part 1 of 2

By Christian Belady, Principal Infrastructure Architect Global Foundation Services, Microsoft Corporation   I read a lot about what others are doing in the industry, and a recent post by Rich Miller of Data Center Knowledge caught my attention. It was titled “Gartner: Energy Woes to Worsen in 2010” and he posted a Graph from Gartner…

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Presenting our Datacentre Strategy at Tech-Ed EMEA

  Just a short post to let you know that I’ll be in Berlin for Tech-Ed EMEA from November 9 – 13 and I hope to see some of you there. I’ll be providing deeper insight into our new Dublin and Chicago datacentres, including our approaches to delivering on the scale and efficiency required to meet…

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Rolling out the Green Carpet for Dublin’s Neighbors

  A few weeks back we had the privilege of hosting a data centre visit and tour for the residential neighbours of the Dublin data centre. Given the long projected lifespan of our new facility, we’re going to be neighbours for a long time, and so we felt it was important for us to get reacquainted…

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Microsoft Celebrates Chicago Data Center Grand Opening

Containers Increase IT Efficiency of Microsoft’s Cloud Computing Infrastructure     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…

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Dublin Data Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Environmental advances and expanded international computing delivered   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…

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Change is Driven by Competition and Constraints

I recently participated in a Podcast for InsideHPC.com with a discussion on “the differences on going green in general IT and going green in HPC” which John West put so eloquently  (go to Episode 2: IT, HPC, and where the twain shall meet at http://tinyurl.com/m7ku4m).  I found this to be an interesting discussion for several…

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Microsoft Brings Two More Mega Data Centers Online in July

I am really excited that our team is now reaching another key milestone in data center innovations. 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,…

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