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CPU energy efficiency focus area for Microsoft

Posted in cpu, cpu-core, low-power, microsoft on February 7th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Microsoft data center strategy requires more efficient CPUs.  …

…   “The energy efficiency of small, low powered chips has become a hot topic at Microsoft … “   …

via eMoney: Microsoft Corp targets Sixteen Core CPU.

Datacenter as the server

Posted in microsoft on February 6th, 2011 by FrankM – Comments Off

Microsoft perspective on data center efficiencies …

Green IT Applications Growth Area

Posted in green-it-strategy, microsoft, sap on September 29th, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Application of information technologies to address sustainability challenges remains an opportunity for growth. …

… “Software giants such as SAP and Microsoft have been making acquisitions to bolster their suite of carbon management products. From counting carbon to managing smart grids to processing consumer waste, applications for Green IT abound. ” …

Via Reuters: Green IT.

Microsoft Virginia Data Center Advanced Cooling Mechanics

Posted in career, data-center, data-center-design, microsoft, modular, state-virginia on August 31st, 2010 by FrankM – Comments Off

Governor discusses Microsoft data center investment in Virginia, which will deploy sustainable designs in cooling and other operations technologies.  …

…   “Microsoft Corp. will invest up to $499 million to locate their latest generation data center (Gen4) in Mecklenburg County, in what will be the largest economic investment in Southern Virginia history. 

Using modular technology and advanced cooling mechanics, the center will be Microsoft’s most advanced data center.

The project will create 50 new jobs and Virginia successfully competed against North Carolina and Texas to secure this sought after facility. “   …

Via Virginia Governor Robert McDonnell: Microsoft Data Center.

Microsoft Generation 4 Data Center.

Get Microsoft Silverlight

Automated Data Center Workflows

Posted in automation, data-center, incident-management, lifecycle, microsoft, opalis, process-automation, run-book-automation, virtual-machines on December 14th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

With Microsoft acquisition of Opalis, expect automation to become a strong capability of System Center. …

… “Prepackaged workflows and automation expertise for the common tasks in managing a datacenter. Examples include Run Book Automation, virtual machine lifecycle management, and incident ticket management. ” …

Via Microsoft Technet: System Center

Cooling Equipment Power

Posted in air-flow, airflow, ambient-air-cooling, cooling-system, efficiency, energy-savings, green-design, microsoft, power-consumption, power-savings on October 12th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Ambient air usage in cooler climates, higher temperature setpoints, and air flow design advancements are all elements of an efficient data center cooling strategy. …

… “The cooling equipment alone can consume 25 percent of the power that goes into a data center, said Christian Belady, an efficiency specialist at Microsoft. ” …

Via New York Times: Energy Savings

Mindset Change to Centralized Green Data Center Processes

Posted in change-management, consolidation, data-centers, microsoft, server-consolidation, software-development, sustainability, virtualization on September 13th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Microsoft challenges existing software development processes by shifting the physical servers to remote data centers to lower costs and improve sustainability. Process change requires a mindset change for developers. …

… “Microsoft is touting the facility as its first environmentally sustainable data center. Energy is saved by consolidating processes to as few servers as possible. ” …

Via Seattle Post Intelligencer: Change corporate culture

Power IT Down Day

Posted in citrix, computer-equipment, hp-hewlett-packard, intel, microsoft, peripherals, power-analysis, power-consumption, power-down on August 20th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Sign up to power down computer equipment, next week. And, see the impact. …

… “Microsoft joins Citrix, HP and Intel in government and industry efforts to power down computers and peripherals on August 27, 2009. ” …

Via HP: Power IT Down Day

Microsoft Azure Virtual Data Center Move

Posted in applications, azure, change-management, hosting, microsoft, migration-solutions, preparation, storage-provisioning, tax-laws on August 7th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Microsoft is working with its users of the Azure hosting service to migrate applications across data centers to minimize local tax implications. …

… “This change is in preparation for our migration out of the northwest region. Due to a change in local tax laws, we’ve decided to migrate Windows Azure applications out of our northwest data center prior to our commercial launch this November. This means that all applications and storage accounts in the USA – Northwest region will need to move to another region in the next few months, or they will be deleted. ” …

Via Microsoft: Migrating from USA, Northwest

Gen4 Data Center

Posted in container-data-center, generation-4, generation-4-data-center, microsoft on July 26th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Data Center Provision Capacity

Posted in capacity, facility-design, facility-management, microsoft, provisioning, server-farm on July 14th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Microsoft is using packaged server units to accelerate data center capacity increases. …

… “These prepackaged units (with up to 1,800 to 2,500 servers each) can be wheeled into the facility and made operational within hours, so they represent important advances in the ability to quickly and efficiently provision capacity. ” …

Via Microsoft datacenters: Mega Data Centers Online in July

Generation 4 Data Center Design

Posted in computational-resources, data-centers, demand, generation-4, generation-4-data-center, green-data-center, microsoft, next-generation, peak-time on April 8th, 2009 by FrankM – Comments Off

Microsoft Quincy, Washington data center
As Microsoft builds out its data center infrastructure, fourth generation design principles are leveraged to drive to sustainability goals. …

… “That thinking will drive the next generation of data centers. In the old days, servers would run full power 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and never throttle down. Now, Microsoft is thinking about how to smooth out demand for computational resources so that we’re not as peaky, Belady says. The Generation 4 data center of tomorrow that is being developed by the Microsoft Data Center Services team will be built more like a Model-T than a typical building. ” …

Via Microsoft: Greener Data Center