We power the Microsoft Cloud

As the engine that powers Microsoft's cloud services, the Cloud Infrastructure and Operations group focuses on smart growth, high reliability, operational excellence, cost-effectiveness, environmental sustainability, and a trustworthy online experience for customers and partners worldwide.

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Microsoft has been building and managing datacenters for over 25 years. Today, the company’s cloud-scale datacenters provide the core infrastructure and foundational technologies for its 200-plus online services, including Bing, MSN, Office 365, Xbox Live, Skype, OneDrive and Microsoft Azure. The infrastructure is comprised of a large global portfolio of more than 100 datacenters, 1 million servers, content distribution networks, edge computing nodes, and fiber optic networks. This portfolio is built and managed by a team of experts working 24x7x365 to support services for more than 1 billion customers.

Microsoft is committed to a robust process for resource acquisition, energy consumption, incident management, service support, research and development, and change management across its resources. The datacenter operation’s leaders hold more than 600 U.S. technology patents and have a combined total of more than 575 years of industry experience. Their backgrounds include expertise in industrial, electrical and mechanical engineering, power and cooling architecture, research and development, security, privacy and compliance, and business operations and administration.

Microsoft datacenters

Delivering services at a huge scale requires a radically different approach to designing, building, and operating datacenters. When software applications are built as distributed systems, every aspect of the physical environment – from the server design to the building itself – creates an opportunity to drive systems integration for greater reliability, scalability, efficiency, and sustainability.

A software-defined infrastructure model, where resilient software can instantly migrate workloads to alternate servers or even different datacenters, helps Microsoft meet the needs of the customers of our growing cloud services portfolio.

Read the Azure Security, Privacy and Compliance
white paper
Read the Security Management in Microsoft Azure white paper
Why our software-defined cloud is a game changer!
What are Microsoft's cloud reliability practices?

Cloud operations & reliability

There are only a few cloud providers who are individually enterprise grade, hybrid, or operate at a huge-scale. Microsoft is the only one that offers all three. Learn how Microsoft ensures high reliability through robust processes for incident management, service support, security and compliance, and change management—with the speed, efficiency, and trust our customers expect.

Read the Cloud Operations Excellence and Reliability strategy paperRead the Leveraging Stored Energy for Handling Power Emergencies white paperRead the Resilience by Design for Cloud Services
white paper

Datacenter security, privacy & compliance

Microsoft recognizes that trust is necessary for organizations and customers to fully embrace and benefit from cloud services. We are committed to providing customers with the information they need to have confidence in Microsoft as their preferred cloud provider.

Read the Securing the Microsoft Cloud
strategy paper
Read the Information Security Management
white paper
Read Microsoft's Compliance Framework for
Online Services
Read Deloitte & Touche’s service auditor’s report
What are the top cloud security concerns?

Cloud networks

Microsoft's customers depend on fast and reliable connectivity to our cloud services. To ensure superior connectivity, Microsoft combines globally distributed datacenters and edge computing nodes with one of the world's largest dark fiber networks, providing multiple terabits per second of capacity over 1.4 million 10 gigabit ethernet fibre.

Read the Cloud Networks strategy paperRead Microsoft’s Commitment to
Read the Software-driven WAN white paper
Why are we building one of the largest networks?
Why did we design our own cloud servers?

Designing cloud servers

How is our cloud infrastructure server design different from traditional IT servers? It begins with scale. From the number of customers that need to be serviced, to the sheer number of servers that must be configured, deployed, managed, and secured, the scale required to support our cloud services is several orders of magnitude beyond a traditional IT deployments. When operating at scale, servers need to be designed for simplicity, efficiency, modularity, manageability, and sustainability.

Read the Microsoft's Open CloudServer
strategy brief
Read how Microsoft shares its cloud server specifications with the industry

Datacenter sustainability

Microsoft is committed to driving innovations in our datacenters to improve efficiency and sustainability. Our goal is to reduce the impact of our operations and products, help other organizations reduce their impact, and help drive industry best practices for environmental sustainability.

We are excited to share some of our recent research projects that are radically changing the way computational power is delivered and improving sustainability for the industry as a whole.

Read the Datacenter Sustainability strategy paper
How we are making our cloud leaner and greener