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  • Meeting Your – And Our Own – Expectations

    Posted by sumeethevans on September 13 2010, 11:35 PM. Posted in Hosting.

    My name is Morgan Cole, and I lead a team at Microsoft whose mission is to make sure that BPOS customers have a great experience with our services. We aspire to deliver quality services, and in the last couple of weeks, we have fallen short of this aspiration. During this time, we experienced two network access issues in North America, and just yesterday, two brief periods of service degradation also affecting users served from North America. These incidents were unique to BPOS and not related to other Microsoft services.

    I wanted to write here to apologize to you, our customers, for any inconvenience these issues may have caused. We know how important these services are to the daily operation of your business, and we take our responsibility as your partner and service provider very seriously.

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  • Microsoft's Debra Chrapaty Keynote Data Center Operations Video

    Posted by bink on May 7 2008, 2:19 AM. Posted in Hosting.

    See how Microsoft runs "The Cloud" 


    Microsoft's Debra Chrapaty presented at Microsoft Management Summit as a keynote speaker, The Reality of the Cloud.  The subject of her presentation is how Microsoft runs its data centers, the Global Foundation Services group.

    Future trends she presents the Microsoft Container, CBlox as well.


    The video is here.

    She discusses a lot of concepts for Green Data Centers

    • Power how to measure and manage.
    • Building and running at scale
    • Smart Growth
    • Innovate for Efficiency and Sustainability
    • Operational excellence
    • Every kilowatt counts
    • Environment Sustainability

    Thanks for the tip Dave (source)

  • 300 Microsoft Employees Attend 3 Day Envisioning Future Data Center offsite

    Posted by bink on February 3 2008, 2:09 AM. Posted in Hosting.

    didn't believe it when I heard it, but someone else confirmed. Microsoft had a 3 day 300 attendee event to Envision the Future Data Center, hosted by their Data Center Services group who operates and builds all Microsoft's data centers. MS Research had 60 attendees which is good to hear, and I guess we can look forward to more content like this.

    That amount of brain power spending 3 days on data center issues is mind boggling. We could speculate on what they would talk about, but you can imagine with Windows, Microsoft IT, Management Tools, Exchange, SQL, Research, Search, MSN, Windows Live, and Data Center Operations all getting together to discuss how data centers could be different there were a lot of ideas no one else has tried.

    I bet you if Microsoft opened the offsite to the public they could charge $2,000 each to attend. Maybe even $5,000.

    Is Microsoft a new force changing data center design? If Microsoft does buy Yahoo, they will be the biggest data center operator. We all read about Google's data centers, but I don't think we can say they are changing how data centers are built as they don't give tours and share their operations. Microsoft has started to share parts of what they do, and we can hope they share more.

  • Microsoft to Build Data Center in Siberia

    Posted by bink on November 27 2007, 7:05 PM. Posted in Hosting.

    Microsoft is elaborating a project to construct a data center for 10,000 servers in the Irkutsk region, Microsoft Rus CEO Birger Sten announced Friday, attributing the choice of location to stability of energy supplies there. According to Sten, a similar data-center in Ireland will cost $500 million to Microsoft. Microsoft and the Irkutsk region’s authorities inked Friday a framework agreement for deliveries of licensed software to the region. After the signing, Microsoft Rus CEO Birger Sten and an aide to Irkutsk region’s governor, Andrei Gubov, unveiled to reporters the plans of software giant in respect of the region.

    It emerged that Microsoft is willing to construct a data-center for 10,000 servers there. The budget hasn’t been calculated yet. According to Sten, a similar data-center for 100,000 servers in Ireland will cost roughly $500 million.

    For this purpose, the region is ready to provide to Microsoft an allotment between Angarsk and Irkutsk, Gubov said. The data-center will be connected to Transtelecom fiber optic line. It will be a bank of data reserving the information.

    According to Sten, the Irkutsk region attracts Microsoft mostly because of its stable energy supply. The data-center of such capacity will consume roughly 50 MW, Gubov specified.

    The market players, however, don’t appear very optimistic about the project. They call it a fantasy, specifying that the region needs no storage for data of this extent.

    Open Gallery...An additional statement from Microsoft: "The Memorandum of Understanding signed with the Irkutsk regional government aimed to expand IT use in the government sector and launch several training programs locally," said Evgeny Danilov, Microsoft Russia PR director. "A data center was one of the topics of negotiation with the Irkutsk regional administration, where the parties agreed to continue discussions later. Though Microsoft Russia is working on potential data centre construction in Russia, we are still far from final site selection."

    Siberia is best known for its rough winters, and the average temperature in Irkutsk is below zero from December through early March, with constant snow cover for most of the winter.

    The data center could have connectivity from a Transtelecom fiber line, and have power capacity of 50 megawatts, according to Irkutsk region governor Andrei Gubov. The region was attractive to Microsoft due to its stable power supply, said Sten, who added that there has never been a data center project of this scope in Russia. No timetable was given for completion of the project.


    And in other Siberia news: Native Americans may be from Siberia [:)]

  • Controlling Costs and Driving Agility in the Datacenter

    Posted by bink on November 8 2007, 9:41 PM. Posted in Hosting.

    Optimizing Server Infrastructure with Microsoft System CenterWhitepaper outlining benefits of using latest System Center products to optimize the datacenter
    To help control costs, improve business agility, and remain secure and in compliance, many IT organizations are taking steps to transition to a truly dynamic infrastructure. At the same time, many organizations are also planning to implement the next line of server products from Microsoft, yet are challenged to find the fastest, least disruptive way to deploy this technology across the organization. Microsoft® System Center is a family of leading IT management solutions that helps IT departments proactively plan, deploy, manage, and optimize an IT environment. And today, Microsoft has made available the Server Management Suite Enterprise—a license that brings together all of the capabilities needed to complete comprehensive, life-cycle management of IT infrastructure. This white paper outlines these new capabilties.
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  • Microsoft seeks more Web-hosting inroads

    Posted by bink on November 6 2007, 8:50 PM. Posted in Hosting.

    Microsoft is positioning its upcoming Windows Server 2008 operating system as a bonanza that, for Web hosting companies, stacks up well against the rival Linux platform, Microsoft officials said.

    Due in late February 2008, the platform has been tuned for Web density and features other amenities for Web hosters, said Michael van Dijken, leading marketing manager for the Hosting Business in Microsoft's Communications Sector.

    "Windows Server's been designed with, really, hosting in mind," van Dijken said.

    With the current release, Windows Server 2003, hosts might have 500 active Web sites on a single box. But Windows Server 2008 vastly improves this, according to Microsoft officials.

    "In some of the demos we have, you can manage up to about 2,000 to 3,000 sites on the box right away, and we're still looking to optimize the scale," said Michael Joffe, solutions senior product manager in the Microsoft Communications Sector.

    Among the other improvements, the Internet Information Server Web server piece of Windows Server 2008 is modular by design, as opposed to Windows Server 2003, which required a single, large install.

    "Hosters only need to install the modules that they need for their services," van Dijken said. Modules can be created for customized capabilities such as provisioning a database.

    Also with Windows Server 2008, diagnostics and management tools are featured to improve the experience of using the platform. Better support for ASP.Net applications is featured, as is the ability to interoperate with PHP (Hypertext Preprocessor) applications.

    Currently, about 6,500 companies deliver hosted services via Windows Server. The beta release of Windows Server 2008, meanwhile, has featured a Go Live license enabling deployment of the operating system in production environments.

    While Linux has dominated the hosting space, the gap is closing, van Dijken said. Microsoft has seen strong migration from Linux, he said. This is happening even if Linux licenses are free while Microsoft licenses are not.

    "Companies like Red Hat will give you the OS for free, but the support commitment, which you need to buy, makes it more expensive than Windows," said van Dijken.

    Tier1 Research, which observes the Web-hosting market, acknowledged Microsoft's aggressive push during the last three years.

    "What we've seen is that there is a very fast uptake of Windows over the past three years or so," said analyst Dan Golding, vice president at Tier1. There once was a time when Web-hosting meant Linux, but not anymore, he said.

    Microsoft promotes an entire package, adding products such as a hosted version of Microsoft Exchange, Golding said. Microsoft also has been bolstering its platform with features such as management tools in Windows Server 2008, he said.

    But there are instances when a host would prefer Linux, such as a company running a MySQL database server, Golding said.

    Web-hosting company Rackspace started out as Linux-only but now also deploys Windows. "We actually have about a 50-50 split," said Annalie Drusch, director of corporate communications at Rackspace.

    Customers began demanding Windows because they felt it had more business-class functionality, Drusch said. But over time, business-class customers have begun using Linux as well, she said.

    Linux rival Red Hat counters that its Linux offers advantages over Windows Server in its ability to manage of thousands of servers and provide security.

    "You have a more secure OS built from the ground up," said Andrew Cathrow, product marketing manager for Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Windows Server 2008 is not even shipping, he noted.

    Meanwhile, Red Hat is seeing Web-hosting shifting from the hosting of static Web pages to hosting of Web 2.0 applications, Cathrow said. 

  • Microsoft Hosting Day Presentations

    Posted by bink on March 22 2007, 4:32 AM. Posted in Hosting.

  • Updated Microsoft Hosting Solutions Give Service Providers the Tools to Attract Small and Midsize Businesses

    Posted by bink on March 22 2007, 4:11 AM. Posted in Hosting.

    New versions of Hosted Messaging and Collaboration and Windows-based Hosting solutions help hosting providers maximize the benefits of Web 2.0.

    Yesterday at the Microsoft Hosting Summit 2007, Microsoft Corp. announced updates to two solutions for hosting service providers: Microsoft® Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration (HMC) Version 4.0 and Microsoft Solution for Windows®-based Hosting Version 4.5. The solutions take advantage of new features in the recently launched Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 and Windows SharePoint® Services 3.0, two key Microsoft products that improve communications and information sharing and increase worker productivity. With these updates, service providers will have an expanded set of tools along with guidance to help them deliver a complete suite of hosted services to small and midsize businesses (SMBs).

    “Hosting providers are at a critical crossroads as the demand for hosted services continues to increase exponentially, particularly from SMBs,” said John Zanni, director of Worldwide Hosting at Microsoft. “Successful hosters need to go beyond traditional hosting and cost-effectively develop and offer value-added services that will help deepen customer relationships and differentiate themselves from the myriad commodity options that currently exist. Microsoft provides the platform, solutions and guidance to help service providers achieve this.”

    Key Benefits of HMC Version 4.0

    The new version of Microsoft Solution for Hosted Messaging and Collaboration utilizes Exchange Server 2007, the industry’s leading platform for e-mail, calendaring and unified messaging. Exchange Server 2007 helps protect the organization with built-in technologies that provide high availability, reduce spam and viruses, enable confidential communications, and aid compliance of regulatory or corporate policies. Employees benefit from anywhere access* to their e-mail, voice mail, calendars and contacts from a variety of clients and devices. Exchange Server 2007 enables new levels of operational efficiency by optimizing hardware, networking resources and features that help make administrators more productive.

    In addition to Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Hosted Messaging and Collaboration also incorporates Microsoft Office Outlook® 2007, Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Microsoft Windows Mobile® 6 to provide a complete messaging and collaboration service delivering the best possible user experience.

    “We rely on Microsoft to help us deliver premier on-demand e-mail and collaboration solutions to our SMB customers,” said Amir Hudda, chief executive officer of Apptix. “Due to recent acquisitions, we currently operate on multiple platforms comprising different architectures and provisioning systems. With HMC Version 4.0, we will be able to consolidate these systems onto a single platform and turn our focus to new revenue opportunities that will allow us to offer more applications, deliver best-in-class services and support, and attract more customers. We believe that the Hosted Messaging and Collaboration solution has matured to a point where we can now gain significant benefits.” Continue At Source