2012’s Big Moments in the Microsoft Cloud

Christian Belady, General ManagerData Center Services Many of us spend time reflecting this time of year. At least I do. And while there are certainly times we need to evaluate, learn, and grow from the various challenges we face, at year's end I like to celebrate the positives and remember all the hard work our…


SMARTer 2020 Study Offers Further Support for Global Carbon Reductions Potential of the IT Industry

Brian Janous, Utility ArchitectData Center Advanced Development Our colleagues on Microsoft's environmental sustainability highlighted a study recently that helps put our roles in Global Foundation Services into perspective.  The new SMARTer 2020 study concluded the potential of the IT industry to reduce annual emissions by 9.1 GtCO2e by 2020, which is a staggering seven times greater than…


Microsoft Recycles Waste to Provide Clean Power for Data Center R&D

Sean James, Senior Research Program ManagerGlobal Foundation Services Microsoft is excited to announce its research and development of the first zero carbon data center – called the Data Plant – that will be completely independent of the grid and will recycle common waste bi-products to sustainably power cloud services. Microsoft has been committed to developing more efficient…


EPA migrates to the Microsoft Cloud

Brian Janous, Utility ArchitectData Center Advanced Development Today Lockheed Martin joined Microsoft in announcing receipt of a $9.8 million contract to migrate the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to Microsoft Office 365 for Government, our new multi-tenant service that stores U.S. government data in a segregated community cloud and includes e-mail, calendars, scheduling and collaboration tools for internal…


Microsoft Delivers Cloud Security Readiness Tool

Mark Estberg, Senior DirectorOnline Services Security & Compliance Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing team today announced a Cloud Security Readiness Tool that provides organizations with resources to gain insight into their current IT security state and more easily evaluate cloud services. Security remains an important consideration and as a growing number of organizations take advantage of the cloud there…


Microsoft Receives EPA’s Green Power Leadership Award

Brian Janous, Utility ArchitectData Center Advanced Development Microsoft has again been honored by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for its investment in sustainable power, as discussed on a new Software Enabled Earth blog post this week. Adding to our previous recognition as a top green power purchaser by the EPA, Microsoft was recently named as one of…


Cloud Computing Creates Opportunities for Greater Efficiency!

Brian Janous, Utility ArchitectData Center Advanced Development The New York Times has launched a series looking at the environmental and economic impacts of cloud computing. These are critical issues to all cloud users and providers, and areas in which Microsoft has dedicated substantial resources, helped create industry metrics for, and publicly shared our best practices…

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Microsoft’s Energy and Efficiency Evolution to Power the Cloud

Brian Janous, Utility ArchitectData Center Advanced Development From search engines like Bing and Google, to social media like Facebook and Twitter, to hosted services on Azure and other platforms, to a wide range of cloud services like Office 365, Xbox Live and Hotmail, online services are a critical part of our lives, and they will…

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Microsoft’s Top 10 Business Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Data Centers

Dileep Bhandarkar Ph.D., Distinguished EngineerGlobal Foundation Services Microsoft recognizes the tough challenges that data center and IT managers face today as they struggle to support their businesses in the face of rising costs and uncertainty about the future. But the fact is – being "lean and green" is good for both the business and the…

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Harmonizing Cloud Security Requirements to Enable Cloud Adoption

Mark Estberg, Senior DirectorOnline Services Security & Compliance Microsoft's Global Foundation Services (GFS) organization delivers the global infrastructure and network for over 200 consumer and enterprise cloud services. The security, privacy and reliability expectations of the customers served by these services must be met in order to develop the level of trust necessary to support…

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