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 Dublin Data Center Grows with Enhanced Efficiency and Sustainability

By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph. D, Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, Microsoft   Last week, we announced an addition of 112,000 square feet and 13.2 MW of cloud computing power to our Dublin data center. This facility and one in Amsterdam are some of several that we have that support the EMEA region. This current expansion…

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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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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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Microsoft’s Cloud Gets Even Greener in Ireland

By Kevin Timmons, General Manager of Datacenter Services I’m pleased to announce that we are continuing with our strong global environmental sustainability efforts in our cloud infrastructure by signing a contract to purchase renewable wind power from a local Irish energy provider for our Dublin datacenter.   Main entrance to Microsoft’s Dublin Datacenter  In addition to…

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