Microsoft Cloud Fundamentals Video Series Available on Data Center Security

By Mark Estberg, Senior Director, Online Services Security & Compliance Customers need to know that their cloud provider(s) are being responsible with the applications and data they entrust to them, while also being mindful of their requirements and whether they are compatible with the deployment model(s) they are evaluating. Read our blog and watch our…


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…


Making Carbon Neutrality Everyone’s Responsibility at Microsoft

Yesterday, Microsoft announced a significant step to reduce our environmental footprint by committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2012.  As the team that operates our cloud infrastructure, Global Foundation Services (GFS) will be instrumental in achieving this goal. First, our continued effort to improve efficiency in our data center operations, using such measures as Power…


Microsoft Recognized by EPA as Leading Green Power Purchaser

This week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of the Top 50 Green Power Partnership organizations, listing Microsoft as the third largest purchaser of green power. The EPA evaluates organizations voluntarily using clean, renewable electricity from resources such as solar, wind, and low-impact hydropower. As Robert Bernard, Microsoft’s Chief Environmental Strategist, details in…


Thinking Off the Grid: Independence for today’s Data Centers via Data Plants?

By Christian Belady, General Manager of Data Center Services Question. Why do data centers need to be connected to a dirty, expensive, unreliable electrical grid? Answer. They don’t and they don’t want to be either. Integrating a data center directly into the power plant — what we are calling our Data Plant program — will…


Operational Excellence is Essential for a Reliable Cloud Infrastructure

Attributed to:  Christian Belady, General Manager of Data Center Services & Vijay Gill, Senior Director of  Network Engineering When Microsoft delivered its first online service back in 1994, the cloud was still a relatively undefined, evolving space. Today, Microsoft’s cloud supports more than 1 billion customers and 20 million businesses in 76 countries and it’s still growing….


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…


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…


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…


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…