Microsoft’s Generation 4 Data Center Vision – the Architects’ Perspective

  Microsoft’s Generation 4 Data Center Vision – the Architects’ Perspective By David Gauthier, Data Center Infrastructure Architect and Christian Belady, Principal Power and Cooling Architect, Microsoft Corp. On Tuesday, December 2, our Global Foundation Services team went public with our Generation 4 Modular Data Center Vision and over the past week a lot of…

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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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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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Building a Better Mousetrap a.k.a. Optimizing for Maximum Efficiency in an Economic Downturn

By Arne Josefsberg and Mike Manos, January 23, 2009 As you might have read in Microsoft’s Q2 FY09 earnings release yesterday, the company has announced cost management initiatives due to the global economic downturn. And with the earnings release back in October, Microsoft announced a reduction of projected capital expenditures by $300 million to our…

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Apples Don’t Fall Far from the Tree

  By Christian Belady Director of Hardware Architecture, Microsoft Research   Some folks have already heard that I am changing roles in Microsoft, but the reality is that just like the evolution with our data centers, my career is going through a similar evolution.  And that’s the way I like it….while I love what I…

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What’s the Upside to a Downturn? Recessions Heighten Focus on Efficiency!

 By Christian Belady   What’s the upside to a downturn? As the economy shrinks and budget and program cutting expands throughout our industry, how can data center facility and IT infrastructure teams identify opportunities that create value for their companies?  In other words, how do we emerge stronger from a recession?  For most business services…

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Thinking Off the Grid: Independence for today’s Data Centers via Data Plants?

By Christian Belady, General Manager of Data Center Services Question. Why do data centers need to be connected to a dirty, expensive, unreliable electrical grid? Answer. They don’t and they don’t want to be either. Integrating a data center directly into the power plant — what we are calling our Data Plant program — will…

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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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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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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…