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  • Blog Post: Microsoft's Data Center in a box…more details emerge

    Welcome to Microsoft’s data centre evolution (previously called the “Generation 4 vision”). As earlier videos have shown, we’re heading towards the pre-manufacturing every part of the data centre: the IT, mechanical and electrical components as part of Pre-Assembled Components that we call an “ITPAC...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s containers roll in to the data center

    Microsoft Chicago Data Center Container Bay   I love Dave’s GreenM3 blog – it’s my go to place for data center news. So much so that I just got the info about our own Chicago data center opening over at his site. Of particular interest was the coverage of the containers being used there. Lots of...
  • Blog Post: I’ve seen the cloud…it lives in Dublin

    I’m in sunny Dublin today (yep, it’s sunny here) for the grand opening of Microsoft’s first “ mega datacenter ” outside of the US. What you may ask is a mega datacenter? Well basically it’s an enormous facility from we’ll deliver our cloud services to customers in Europe and beyond. I had the chance...
  • Blog Post: Data centers are just like Lego

    Cool video about how data centers are becoming like Lego – though I was a bit baffled by what looked like a raised floor. This is from Chris Crosby of Digital Realty Trust which is where Mike Manos landed after leaving Microsoft. You can find out more about Microsoft’s Generation 4 data centers or stay...
  • Blog Post: Two More Microsoft Mega Datacenters next month

    Our Global Foundation Services team posted on their blog yesterday about two more mega data centers coming online next month:   July marks the launch of our two newest mega data centers in Chicago and Dublin. Our Dublin facility will go live on July 1, followed by our Chicago facility on July 20...
  • Blog Post: Another Yahoo Lands at Microsoft

    [Photo: Simon Norfolk for The New York Times] The swinging door at Yahoo! continues as today we announced Kevin Timmons has joined Microsoft’s Infrastructure Services Team (aka GFS). I seem to talk more and more about GFS lately as our datacenters become pivotal to the future plans for online service...
  • Blog Post: More on Microsoft’s Gen 4 data centers

    Video: Microsoft Generation 4.0 Data Center Vision   Hmm, I’d always thought Gen4 was the brainchild of Mike Manos (and perhaps even James Hamilton)….but in the latest blog post from our Global Foundation Services (aka data center team) Arne Josefsberg slipped in something I’ve only just noticed...
  • Blog Post: Get Insight from a Microsoft Data Center

    I saw an internal email regarding a webcast called Transforming the Data Center with Energy Efficiency and assumed it was an internal only event. To my surprise the link took me to our Technet site and it turns out this is a public webcast. A 2 hour webcast too!   Event Overview With the explosion...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Business Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Data Centers

    Celebrating Earth Day , our GFS team published their Top 10 Business Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Data Centers – quite a mouthful that and though there is some cynicism around this topic, the paper they’ve published has some real nuggets in here around things like optimising the hardware...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft & Google: Datacenters on Different Paths

    Last week Mike Manos posted a blog entry and video on Generation 4 datacenters from Microsoft. This short TechNet EDGE video with Christian Belady and David Gauthier goes in to some more detail on these revolutionary datacenters. They talk through some obvious questions like what happens when it snows...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft: Making Data Centers Like Lego

    Video: Microsoft Generation 4.0 Data Center Vision   Lovin that video – I want to see those Windows Azure trucks rolling down my street! Fun aside, the Generation 4 data centers that are depicted here and talked about at length on Mike Manos’s blog are a big deal. They take many of the conventional...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft, Google and Cloud Wars

    [image credit NY Times] BusinessWeek published an interesting take on the brewing data center wars this week . They interviewed Debra Chrapaty, our Corporate Vice President of Global Foundation Services who is pretty bullish about our plans and progress. Some of the nuggets I took away Debra says that...
  • Blog Post: Michael Manos on Datacenter Leadership

    ARCast.TV - Michael Manos on Datacenter Leadership Slowly but surely I’m slipping to to being a data center geek and there is nobody better to learn from in Microsoft than Michael Manos. His is da man. He works in GFS (Global Foundation Services) and is one of the main men behind the honking big data...
  • Blog Post: Dell Powers Microsoft Azure

    I was thinking a few weeks ago that if I were a server OEM I would be spending my time selling to Amazon , Google and Microsoft. When companies are buying servers in lots of 10,000 there is a compelling reason to do so.  That’s exactly what Dell has been doing and Forrest Norrod, Vice President...
  • Blog Post: Huge Clouds Ahead

    The big analyst houses are ramping up the noise around cloud computing of late. This week IDC says Cloud Services will generate $42 billion revenue by 2012 which is hot on the heels of Gartner putting Cloud Computing at #2 in its top 10 technologies to watch over the next 3 years. Gartner cautions not...
  • Blog Post: Is PUE the new battleground?

    I’m reading a lot about data centers of late – so much so that I’m even spelling it the US way already (sigh). What is becoming increasingly clear to me though is that PUE may well be the new battleground between some of the industry heavyweights. In very basic terms, PUE (Power Usage Effectiveness)...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft knows how to build data centers

    Damn. I got invited to the recent Data Center Experience event we hosted in our San Antonio data center last week but couldn’t make it. It sounds like I should have moved heaven and earth to go. The subject line of this post is from one of the attendees and here are a few other choice quotes I picked...
  • Blog Post: A third of servers going to MSFT, GOOG, YHOO?

      I read this today in a CIO magazine interview   ….more than one third of all the servers produced on the planet are going to only three buyers - Microsoft, Google and Yahoo Wow, that’s a lot of kit. No doubt some of it just got fired up in our new San Antonio data center (that’s Texas, not...
  • Blog Post: The Heat Is On In The Datacentre

      Every now and then I get the chance to read The Economist – usually on a plane are train where I have no Internet access and fall back to information consumption from dead trees. The irony in that last statement is not lost on me when I read this in the Sept 6th issue   At the moment, the...
  • Blog Post: Engineer accidentally deletes cloud

      We’ve all done it – that’s what the recycle bin is for right? But deleting a whole “cloud”? You have to hand it to The Register for their headlines alone - Engineer accidentally deletes cloud . To be fair to XCalibre they held their hands up and admitted the mistake which some of the larger cloud...
  • Blog Post: Datacenter Cakes

    Big news in Iowa – as Dave says , these events usually involve a shovel and hard hats but these information factories are becoming big news because of the scale and the new arms race that is underway. He noted a nugget from DataCenterKnowledge regarding the economic benefits of Google vs. Microsoft....
  • Blog Post: Gates Threatens To Buy Millions And Millions Of Servers For Microsoft

    You gotta love The Register for dramatic headlines like this. I now have an image of BillG down at Frys with his credit card asking them to pile a few million servers in to the back of this Ford F150 :) (the image above is a slightly older one of Bill caught for speeding). They’re referring to his comments...
  • Blog Post: Tour Microsoft Data Centers

    Mike Manos on Data Centers Manos has been getting out a fair bit over the last month or two and it’s a good thing – this guy helps manage data centers that support 500m unique users per month using 100’s of thousands of servers. This video shows an animated tour of a data center around the 10 minute...
  • Blog Post: Are you listening, Microsoft?

    ComputerWorld’s Eric Lai recently posted on 6 reasons why Microsoft's container-based approach to data centers won't work with a sub headline of Are you listening, Microsoft? I’m pleased to say Michael Manos , our Sr Director of Data Center Services was listening. This should be interesting to follow...
  • Blog Post: The Reality of The Cloud – Microsoft’s Data Center Strategy

    A nice find by Dave over at Green Data Center Blog - Microsoft's Debra Chrapaty’s keynote our Data Center strategy . She spends an hour talking about how Microsoft runs our datacenters that deliver Hotmail, Live Mesh, Messenger, Groove, Microsoft Online and more. I just tried to explain “the cloud” to...
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