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The Azure Cloud, Exposed to the Azure Sky

One of the ways Microsoft builds out data center capacity is by using ITPAC modules of its own design, such as these at its Quincy, Washington, site. (Photo: Microsoft)

The Microsoft data center campus in Quincy, Washington illustrates the evolution of data center design from huge concrete shells to compact modules sitting outdoors on a slab. Data centers have become glamorous, but the Quincy campus is at the forefront of a new minimalist approach offering one vision of the way of the future, and the way of the cloud. Read More

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

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