Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters: Part 2

Kushagra Vaid, General ManagerServer Engineering As I discussed in a recent blog post, designing infrastructure for cloud services like Office 365, Windows Azure, and Bing requires an understanding of the nexus of interactions between workloads, the Cloud OS, and server/datacenter architecture. It is critical to take a holistic view across these key areas in order to understand…


Microsoft Exploring Fuel Cell-Powered Datacenters via the Server Rack

Sean James, Senior Research Program ManagerGlobal Foundation Services Recently, together with colleagues in Microsoft Research, we published a research paper titled No More Electrical Infrastructure: Towards Fuel Cell Powered Data Centers that describes how we are taking an unconventional approach to power a datacenter entirely by fuel cells integrated directly into the server racks. This brings the…


Microsoft Datacenter Engineers Discuss Software-Defined Datacenters at Industry Events

Monica Drake, Cloud Infrastructure MarketingGlobal Foundation Services Customers look to Microsoft's cloud to deliver highly available experiences across our 200+ cloud services. Microsoft remains focused on building software-defined datacenters to improve the reliability of our cloud-scale infrastructure. This month, General Manager Christian Belady and Director of Datacenter Architecture & Design, David Gauthier, both members of…


Microsoft Announces New Investment to Power a Greener Cloud

Brian Janous, Director of Energy StrategyGlobal Foundation Services As Microsoft continues to experience increasing customer global demand for our cloud and online services like Bing,MSN, Office 365, Xbox Live, SkyDrive, Skype, and the Windows Azure platform, we are also thoughtfully planning for sustainably growing what is already one of the world's largest cloud infrastructures.  As we think about this growth and its…


Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters

Kushagra Vaid, General ManagerServer Engineering Microsoft's cloud infrastructure, including datacenters and networks, hosts massive cloud applications such as Windows Azure, Bing, Xbox Live and Office 365 on more than a million servers around the world. Deploying and operating these services requires coordination between both the software and hardware components to maximize great utilization and computing efficiencies, and reduce the total cost…


Microsoft Channel 9 talks datacenters with Christian Belady

GFS, Staff WriterGlobal Foundation Services Check out this video conversation with Microsoft's Channel 9 host Laura Foy and General Manager of Datacenter Services Christian Belady. The two discuss a range of topics including Microsoft's datacenter evolution, Christian's recent Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award, and the future of datacenters in the move to the cloud.  You…


Microsoft’s Cloud Server Engineer to Share Optimized Server Best Practices at Open Server Summit

GFS, Staff WriterGlobal Foundation Services Servers represent an essential component in any datacenter operation. Once a datacenter is built, the servers and energy required to power them are the two largest recurring expenditures, and some datacenter operators aren't aware of this fact. Kushagra Vaid, General Manager for Server Engineering, will keynote at the Open Server Summit in…


Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services and Windows Azure Receive FedRAMP JAB P-ATO

Mark Estberg, Senior DirectorOnline Services Security & Compliance I am pleased to announce that after a rigorous review process, Microsoft's Global Foundation Services (GFS) organization, in conjunction with Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud platform, has been granted  Provisional Authority to Operate (P-ATO) from the Federal Risk and Authorization Management Program (FedRAMP) Joint Authorization Board (JAB). The press release…


Microsoft’s recruiting more Engineers for its expanding Cloud Infrastructure

Molly Griffin, Senior Staffing ManagerGlobal Foundation Services Microsoft has 38 years of experience in software design, and well-known business and consumer products like Windows, Office, and Xbox wouldn't exist without the software developers who helped create them. Software is at the core of Microsoft's own infrastructure where it's being used to advance the scalability, reliability,…


Energy: The Datacenter’s Change Catalyst

Brian Janous, Director of Energy StrategyData Center Services I have the great fortune of working at the nexus of energy and IT, two industries that are in the midst of major disruptions. The forces at work in both of these industries have led Microsoft to reevaluate the requirements to power our massive cloud-scale infrastructure over…