Visit our New Blog and Web Site now hosted on Windows Azure!

We are pleased to announce our web site and blog are now located on one site that is hosted on our Windows Azure platform! You can find the latest insights, customer priorities and news about Global Foundation Services. Don’t forget to re-subscribe to the RSS feed on our new blog site for all the latest news and posts.  More about the…

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Making Carbon Neutrality Everyone’s Responsibility at Microsoft

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a significant step to reduce our environmental footprint by committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2012.  As the team that operates our cloud infrastructure, Global Foundation Services (GFS) will be instrumental in achieving this goal. First, our continued effort to improve efficiency in our data center operations, using such measures as Power…

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Microsoft Recognized by EPA as Leading Green Power Purchaser

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of the Top 50 Green Power Partnership organizations, listing Microsoft as the third largest purchaser of green power. The EPA evaluates organizations voluntarily using clean, renewable electricity from resources such as solar, wind, and low-impact hydropower. As Robert Bernard, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist, details in…

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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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Operational Excellence is Essential for a Reliable Cloud Infrastructure

Attributed to:  Christian Belady, General Manager of Data Center Services & Vijay Gill, Senior Director of  Network Engineering When Microsoft delivered its first online service back in 1994, the cloud was still a relatively undefined, evolving space. Today, Microsoft’s cloud supports more than 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses in 76 countries and it’s still growing….

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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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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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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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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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