Microsoft Reinvents Datacenter Power Backup with New Open Compute Project Specification

This blog was originally published on the Server and Cloud blog. Guest post by Shaun Harris, Principal Hardware Engineer Microsoft has been designing, building and operating datacenters for over two decades and this experience has led to several key insights into driving efficiency at all levels of the datacenter design. This is why we chose…


Microsoft’s Biogas-Powered Data Plant Opens in Wyoming

Cross posted from the Microsoft Green blogJosh Henretig, Senior DirectorEnergy, Environment & Cities Two years ago, we announced a partnership with a number of private and public sector partners to build the first zero-carbon datacenter, called a Data Plant—a fuel cell-powered datacenter that simplifies the power distribution infrastructure by bringing  together the power plant with…


Microsoft Contributes Next Generation Server Design to Open Compute Project

Kushagra VaidGeneral ManagerServer Engineering Yesterday I gave a keynote address at the Open Compute Project (OCP) European Summit, where I announced the contribution of the 2nd-generation Open CloudServer (OCS v2) specification.  In January, Microsoft joined OCP and submitted the first OCS specification, born from our experience in our own cloud-scale datacenters.  OCS v2 incorporates a number of…


Microsoft Announces Largest Wind Project to Date

Rob BernardChief Environmental StrategistWorld Wide Environmental Sustainability Microsoft is committed to reducing our environmental footprint, and over the past two years we continue to meet our goal of becoming carbon neutral. Our approach to meeting that goal, however, continues to evolve. Today, we are announcing another move to make our operations more environmentally sustainable by signing…


Microsoft Expands Datacenter Presence in Iowa

Kevin Williams, DirectorData Center Services Last week, the City of West Des Moines announced that Microsoft will expand its datacenter presence in West Des Moines, Iowa, paving the way for one of its Generation 5 cloud-scale datacenters that will enhance reliability and redundancy of our cloud services via software integration.  When complete, the datacenter will be one of the…


How Can Datacenters Help Build a New Energy Economy? Just Ask San Antonio

Brian Janous, Director of Energy StrategyGlobal Sales Foundation As Microsoft embraces a more thoughtful approach to powering the cloud, we're looking at how we can reinvent the datacenter to be more efficient and use more sustainable energy sources. Very few cities have embraced the clean energy economy like San Antonio and its mayor, Julian Castro….


Three Ways Microsoft is Working to Transform the Energy Supply Chain

Brian Janous, Director of Energy StrategyGlobal Sales Foundation As Microsoft has embraced its identity as a devices and services company, we've also embraced energy's role in powering the cloud. In the past 12 months, we have made significant progress on an energy strategy that will reduce the resources required to deliver cloud services, from our…


Achievement Unlocked – Fuel Cell-Powered Computing

Sean James, Senior Research Program ManagerGlobal Foundation Services Last month we told you about a new idea to eliminate electrical distribution in the datacenter and improve uptime at the rack. Sounds great in principal but can you get it to actually work? I am happy to announce the successful demonstration of the concept at the National Fuel…


Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters: Part 2

Kushagra Vaid, General ManagerServer Engineering As I discussed in a recent blog post, designing infrastructure for cloud services like Office 365, Windows Azure, and Bing requires an understanding of the nexus of interactions between workloads, the Cloud OS, and server/datacenter architecture. It is critical to take a holistic view across these key areas in order to understand…


Microsoft Exploring Fuel Cell-Powered Datacenters via the Server Rack

Sean James, Senior Research Program ManagerGlobal Foundation Services Recently, together with colleagues in Microsoft Research, we published a research paper titled No More Electrical Infrastructure: Towards Fuel Cell Powered Data Centers that describes how we are taking an unconventional approach to power a datacenter entirely by fuel cells integrated directly into the server racks. This brings the…