Computerworld names Microsoft one of Top Green IT organizations

Cross posted from the Software Enabled Earth blog Today IDG’s Computerworld named Microsoft as one of the top green IT organization as part of its annual Top Green-IT Organizations feature. Of the seventy organizations that participated in the ranking, Microsoft was ranked fourth. We’re very pleased to rank among other leading organization committed to environmental…

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Microsoft’s Data Center Takes Fresh Approach On Water Reuse

Today we are transferring our $ multi-million water treatment plant to city of Quincy, WA By: Christian Belady, General Manager of Data Center Advanced Development Around the globe, water is becoming a scarcer and more valuable commodity, and that’s an important factor for data center operators and cloud service providers to consider as consumers and…

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Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing Blog Site Launches Today

Microsoft’s Trustworthy Computing team just launched their new blog site, where you can find an on-going discussion on trustworthy cloud computing at Microsoft and throughout the industry. The goal of this new blog is to give readers a look into how Microsoft works to build and maintain security, privacy and reliability in everything the company…

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Microsoft Shares Video Tour of its Cloud Datacenters

By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph. D.Distinguished Engineer  Global Foundation Services, Microsoft Today our team is releasing a video tour of four of Microsoft’s global datacenters. The video provides an inside look at how the company has invested heavily to rapidly evolve its datacenter IT infrastructure and best practices to deliver greater scalability, reliability, efficiency, security, and…

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The Cloud Infrastructure Journey – From Containers to Modularity, Long Live Containment!

By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph.D.Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, Microsoft   In late 2007 we were intrigued by the opportunity of deploying servers in ISO (shipping) containers. Our analysis showed that we could pack as many as 2500 servers in a single 40 foot container and reduce our deployment times and improve efficiency. We started creating space…

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The Disappearing Datacenter….

By Christian BeladyGeneral Manager of Datacenter Advanced Development   Sustainability is an interesting thing.   It really means so many things to so many people but I really like the way it is defined in Wikipedia; “Sustainability is the capacity to endure.”  Clearly, when taken in the context of the environment we are as an industry…

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How Big is the Datacenter Construction Business?

By Christian BeladyGeneral Manager, Data Center Research, Global Foundation Services   As the demand for cloud services continues to grow, there are many companies in the datacenter industry (particularly start-ups) that have met with me to discuss their businesses. Their proposals usually included huge expectations on what they think can be generated from revenue opportunities…

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Offering Support to Help Victims of the Japanese Earthquake

By Charlie McNerney, GM, Business Management, GFS On Friday, March 11th, 2011, a magnitude 8.9 earthquake hit Japan followed by a series of tsunamis, causing widespread damage. In response, Microsoft activated its Disaster Response protocol. We are currently accounting for all our employees and assessing all of our facilities for any impact. We are saddened…

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Microsoft’s Cloud Gets Even Greener in Ireland

By Kevin Timmons, General Manager of Datacenter Services I’m pleased to announce that we are continuing with our strong global environmental sustainability efforts in our cloud infrastructure by signing a contract to purchase renewable wind power from a local Irish energy provider for our Dublin datacenter.   Main entrance to Microsoft’s Dublin Datacenter  In addition to…

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Datacenter Efficiency

Datacenter EfficiencyBy Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph.D. Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, MicrosoftDatacenters have captured the attention of the computing industry over the last few years, fueled mainly by the tremendous growth in cloud computing.  Companies need to make sure these facilities and IT equipment operate as efficiently as possible.  In a few months, I will have…

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