The Gravitational Pull Was Too Strong

By Christian BeladyGeneral Manager, Data Center Research, Global Foundation Services   Many of you may have already heard that I have change roles yet again in Microsoft.  It was only 11 months ago that I had moved to Microsoft Research to pursue ground-breaking work in the Extreme Computing Work (Apples Don’t Fall Far from the…

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Shedding Light on Our New Cloud Farms

By Kevin Timmons, General Manager of Datacenter Services   It’s an exciting time for Microsoft’s datacenter program.  In addition to operating one of the largest global datacenter footprints in the industry, we have been super busy working on multiple next-generation, modular facilities that are in various phases of construction.    One of our most innovative…

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Holistic Approach to Energy Efficient Datacenters

By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph. D. Distinguished EngineerGlobal Foundation Services, Microsoft  A little over three years ago, I joined Microsoft to lead the hardware engineering team that helped decide which servers Microsoft would purchase to run its online services. We had just brought our first Microsoft-designed datacenter online in Quincy and were planning to use the…

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Chicago Datacenter Wins Green Enterprise IT Award from Uptime Institute

Today, Microsoft won a prestigious Green Enterprise IT Award from the Uptime Institute for the bold IT initiatives we utilized in our recently opened datacenter in Chicago. The facility integrates new design solutions which have led to greater efficiencies and carbon waste reductions.  This includes a significant reduction in water and material usage enabled by…

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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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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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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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Our Vision for Generation 4 Modular Data Centers – One way of Getting it just right . . .

 The following posting originally appeared on Michael Manos’ Loose Bolts blog.   Data Centers are a hot topic these days. No matter where you look, this once obscure aspect of infrastructure is getting a lot of attention. For years, there have been cost pressures on IT operations and this, when the need for modern capacity is greater…

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Out of the Box Paradox – Manifested (aka Chicago Area Data Center begins its journey)

The following posting originally appeared on Michael Manos’ Loose Bolts blog. With modern conventional thinking and untold management consultants coaching people to think outside the box, I find it humorous that we have actually physically manifested an “Out of the Box Paradox” in Chicago.   What is an Out of the Box Paradox you ask?  Well…

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