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 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…


Joining the OCP Foundation Board

Bill Laing, Corporate Vice PresidentCloud & Enterprise The following post is from Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft. Today the Open Compute Project Foundation announced that I am one of two new board members, effective immediately.  This follows our announcement in January that Microsoft has joined OCP and has contributed the Microsoft cloud server specification to the community. …


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…


Microsoft contributes cloud server designs to the Open Compute Project

Bill Laing, Corporate Vice PresidentCloud & Enterprise The following post is from Bill Laing, Corporate Vice President, Cloud & Enterprise, Microsoft. On Tuesday, I will deliver a keynote address to 3,000 attendees at the Open Compute Project (OCP) Summit in San Jose, Calif. where I will announce that Microsoft is joining the OCP, a community focused on engineering the most efficient…


Microsoft Contributes Cloud Server Specification to Open Compute Project

Kushagra Vaid, General ManagerServer Engineering Today Microsoft  announced that it will be joining the Open Compute Project Foundation (OCP) and will be contributing hardware specifications, design collateral (CAD and Gerber files), and system management source code for Microsoft's cloud server designs. These specifications apply to the server fleet being deployed for Microsoft's largest global cloud services, including…


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…