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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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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Shedding Light on Our New Cloud Farms

By Kevin Timmons, General Manager of Datacenter Services   It’s an exciting time for Microsoft’s datacenter program.  In addition to operating one of the largest global datacenter footprints in the industry, we have been super busy working on multiple next-generation, modular facilities that are in various phases of construction.    One of our most innovative…

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Holistic Approach to Energy Efficient Datacenters

By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph. D. Distinguished EngineerGlobal Foundation Services, Microsoft  A little over three years ago, I joined Microsoft to lead the hardware engineering team that helped decide which servers Microsoft would purchase to run its online services. We had just brought our first Microsoft-designed datacenter online in Quincy and were planning to use the…

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One Small Step for Microsoft’s Cloud, Another Big Step for Sustainability

  By Kevin Timmons General Manager of Datacenter Services   The datacenter industry is at an inflection point. We need the ability to build out “at right scale” based on capacity needs at unprecedented price points.  Oh by the way – it’s also imperative that we find ways to avoid the significant up-front costs and…

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Apples Don’t Fall Far from the Tree

  By Christian Belady Director of Hardware Architecture, Microsoft Research   Some folks have already heard that I am changing roles in Microsoft, but the reality is that just like the evolution with our data centers, my career is going through a similar evolution.  And that’s the way I like it….while I love what I…

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Rightsizing Servers to Achieve Cost and Power Savings in the Datacenter

  By Dileep Bhandarkar, Ph. D. Distinguished Engineer Global Foundation Services, Microsoft     I speak about server rightsizing from time to time at technology conferences, and am surprised that the basic concepts are new to some people in the industry. A lot of people don’t realize the huge performance disparity between the Central Processing…

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