Microsoft Invests in Subsea Cables to Connect Datacenters Globally

This blog was originally posted on the Microsoft Azure blog DAVID CROWLEY, Managing Director, Network Enablement I’m at International Telecoms Week (ITW) today, talking about how the telecoms industry is in the midst of a change to accommodate the growing trend of data consumption. As we look at how people and businesses will interact with…


From Silicon to System: How Hyper-scale Impacts Your Design

Brad Booth, Principal Service Engineer, Networking   On April 15, 2015, I am delivering a keynote address titled “From Silicon to System: How Hyper-scale Impacts Your Design” at the Ethernet Technology Summit being held at the Santa Clara Convention Center. Microsoft’s network is the second largest in the world. Even with such a large footprint…


IT Pros pick Microsoft’s Software-Defined Networks Monitoring solution DEMon

Brad Booth, Principal EngineerGlobal Networking Services Microsoft was recognized for its SDN Monitoring DEMon Solution and swept all six leader awards for Market, Price, Performance, Reliability, Service & Support and Innovation this week at the Ethernet Summit in Santa Clara, California. The award was presented by IT Brand Pulse and revealed the results of their…


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…


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…


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…


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…


Microsoft Channel 9 talks datacenters with Christian Belady

GFS, Staff WriterGlobal Foundation Services Check out this video conversation with Microsoft's Channel 9 host Laura Foy and General Manager of Datacenter Services Christian Belady. The two discuss a range of topics including Microsoft's datacenter evolution, Christian's recent Outstanding Contribution to the Industry Award, and the future of datacenters in the move to the cloud.  You…