Cloud computing requires a significant investment in secure, environmentally friendly datacentre facilities. Precisely how much of an investment becomes clear when you watch a video such as this explanation of Microsoft’s cloud datacentre infrastructure from Global Foundation Services:

Global Foundation Services (GFS) is the engine that powers Microsoft’s Software Plus Services strategy, hosting more than 200 of the company’s online services and web portals. GFS focus on smart growth, high efficiency, and delivering a trusted experience to customers and partners worldwide.

The video gives you an insight into the rapid generational development of Microsoft’s datacentre facilities and the significant improvements in energy efficiency and modular design based on the industry-standard Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE)  and Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE) ratios:

  • Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE):  a widely used metric to assess the energy efficiency of a datacentre. PUE compares the power consumption for the entire facility with the power consumed by the core IT components—servers, storage and network equipment. This ratio illustrates how effectively the total power being consumed translates into net compute capacity:

  • Carbon Usage Effectiveness (CUE): CUE uses total IT equipment value as the denominator. For datacentres that obtain their entire power source from the energy grid and generate no local CO2, CUE is defined as follows:

Read more about Microsoft’s global datacentre facilities for cloud services including more information on how we address customers demand for trustworthy cloud services—requiring a comprehensive approach to security ranging from software development and operations to physical security.

Posted by Ian