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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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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Computerworld names Microsoft one of Top Green IT organizations

Cross posted from the Software Enabled Earth blog Today IDG’s Computerworld named Microsoft as one of the top green IT organization as part of its annual Top Green-IT Organizations feature. Of the seventy organizations that participated in the ranking, Microsoft was ranked fourth. We’re very pleased to rank among other leading organization committed to environmental…

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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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Microsoft Shares Video Tour of its Cloud Datacenters

By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph. D.Distinguished Engineer  Global Foundation Services, Microsoft Today our team is releasing a video tour of four of Microsoft’s global datacenters. The video provides an inside look at how the company has invested heavily to rapidly evolve its datacenter IT infrastructure and best practices to deliver greater scalability, reliability, efficiency, security, and…

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The Cloud Infrastructure Journey - From Containers to Modularity, Long Live Containment!

By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph.D.Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, Microsoft   In late 2007 we were intrigued by the opportunity of deploying servers in ISO (shipping) containers. Our analysis showed that we could pack as many as 2500 servers in a single 40 foot container and reduce our deployment times and improve efficiency. We started creating space…

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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’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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Datacenter Efficiency

Datacenter EfficiencyBy Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph.D. Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, MicrosoftDatacenters have captured the attention of the computing industry over the last few years, fueled mainly by the tremendous growth in cloud computing.  Companies need to make sure these facilities and IT equipment operate as efficiently as possible.  In a few months, I will have…

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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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