Microsoft Datacenter Engineers Discuss Software-Defined Datacenters at Industry Events

Monica Drake, Cloud Infrastructure MarketingGlobal Foundation Services Customers look to Microsoft's cloud to deliver highly available experiences across our 200+ cloud services. Microsoft remains focused on building software-defined datacenters to improve the reliability of our cloud-scale infrastructure. This month, General Manager Christian Belady and Director of Datacenter Architecture & Design, David Gauthier, both members of…


Microsoft Announces New Investment to Power a Greener Cloud

Brian Janous, Director of Energy StrategyGlobal Foundation Services As Microsoft continues to experience increasing customer global demand for our cloud and online services like Bing,MSN, Office 365, Xbox Live, SkyDrive, Skype, and the Windows Azure platform, we are also thoughtfully planning for sustainably growing what is already one of the world's largest cloud infrastructures.  As we think about this growth and its…


Designing and Managing Servers for Cloud-Scale Datacenters

Kushagra Vaid, General ManagerServer Engineering Microsoft's cloud infrastructure, including datacenters and networks, hosts massive cloud applications such as Windows Azure, Bing, Xbox Live and Office 365 on more than a million servers around the world. Deploying and operating these services requires coordination between both the software and hardware components to maximize great utilization and computing efficiencies, and reduce the total cost…


Energy: The Datacenter’s Change Catalyst

Brian Janous, Director of Energy StrategyData Center Services I have the great fortune of working at the nexus of energy and IT, two industries that are in the midst of major disruptions. The forces at work in both of these industries have led Microsoft to reevaluate the requirements to power our massive cloud-scale infrastructure over…


Microsoft’s Carbon Offset Strategy: Making a Difference One Project at a Time

Robert Bernard, Chief Environmental StrategistMicrosoft NOTE: This post by Rob Bernard, Microsoft's Chief Environmental Strategist, ran Tuesday, September 10 on theEnvironmental Sustainability team blog and we have reposted the entire entry below.  One of the great joys of my job, and something that motivates me to come to work every day, is the idea that our…


Microsoft Research Spotlights Potential of Software Defined Networking

Vijay Gill, General ManagerEngineering Microsoft continues to explore new ways to use software to improve the delivery of services running in our cloud-scale infrastructure. Software Defined Networking (SDN) is one of the latest technologies to grab the attention of the networking world, and this week our colleagues in Microsoft Research's (MSR) Mobility and Networking group published…


Reducing Emissions in Datacenters

Josh Henretig, DirectorEnvironmental Sustainability NOTE: This post by Josh Henretig, Director of Environmental ran today on the Environmental Sustainability team blog and we have reposted the entire entry below.  It's no secret that the growth in the data centers that power cloud computing have become increasingly responsible for growth in greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, some estimates…


Microsoft’s ITPAC – A Perfect Fit for Off-the-Grid Computing Capacity

Sean James, Senior Research Program ManagerGlobal Foundation Services Last November we announced our zero carbon Data Plant R&D project in Cheyenne, Wyoming. For a quick refresher, we're placing a small container data center we call an IT Pre-Assembled Component, or ITPAC, at a wastewater treatment facility in Cheyenne. A natural bi-product of a wastewater plant is methane…


10 Earth-Friendly Facts about Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure

Brian Janous, Utility ArchitectData Center Advanced Development Earth Day is Monday, April 22, providing a moment to reflect on the daily work we are doing to drive greater environmental sustainability at Microsoft and for our customers, partners, and the industry.  While Earth Day is only a single day, sustainability is a year-round effort for my…


How Microsoft Operates One of the World’s Largest Cloud Infrastructures

Data Center Services Team Microsoft has delivered online services since 1994 with the launch of MSN.  Today, our engineering and operations teams build, manage and secure a$15 billion cloud-scale infrastructure that powers over 200 services for consumers and businesses 24x7x365 via globally distributed data centers, networks, and security mechanisms, software applications and tools. Our cloud…