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Heat Spike in Data Center Caused Hotmail Outage

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The Hotmail servers got entirely too hot Tuesday, causing a major outage for Microsoft’s web-based email services. Both Hotmail and Outlook.com were offline for up to 16 hours after a failed software update caused the heat to spike in one part of a data center supporting those services. Read More

At Microsoft, Smarter Software Equals Fewer Generators

Sometimes a relatively small amount of software code can make a huge difference in how much you spend on hardware. That’s the case at Microsoft, which has been able to reduce the number of diesel backup generators at its data centers by using software to move workloads from one location to another. Read More

Microsoft’s Evolving Data Center Design

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Recent changes in web-scale data center design can be seen in the evolution of the Internet infrastructure at Microsoft, which has been the leading proponent of deploying servers on pre-fabricated modules rather than traditional data halls. We’ve put together a photo feature providing a visual guide to Microsoft’s design evolution. Read More

Microsoft To Build Two More Data Centers in Virginia

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Microsoft Corp. will invest an additional $348 million to expand its modular data center site in southern Virginia, the company said today. The company will build two additional facilities on its data center campus to increase capacity to serve its growing customer base. Read More

Does the Supply Chain Figure Into Microsoft-Dell Chatter?

Amid reports that Microsoft may participate with private equity firms in a leveraged buyout of Dell, it’s worth noting that Dell has historically played a meaningful role in the supply chain for Microsoft’s cloud computing infrastructure, supplying many of the servers that fill the company’s global network of data centers. Read More

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