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Four Microsoft employees on the Network Automation Delivery Team talk and laugh as Steve Kern gestures to his monitor.

Dec 11, 2019

How Microsoft is modernizing its internal network using automation

After Microsoft moved its workload of 60,000 on-premises servers to Microsoft Azure, employees could set up systems and virtual machines (VMs) with a push of a few buttons. Although network hardware servers have changed over time, the way that network engineers work isn’t nearly as modern. “With computers, we have modernized our processes to follow...

Hans Reutter and Elke Bregler sit together and smile at the camera.

Nov 19, 2019

Lessons Microsoft learned shifting its SAP environment to Azure

Microsoft expected that it would save money and time when it moved its 50-terabyte SAP workload to the cloud using Microsoft Azure. It just wasn’t sure how much. Two years later, the savings from running 600 virtual machines worth of work on Azure are stacking up. Operational costs have dropped by 18 percent. Thanks to...

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Nov 7, 2019

Unexpected cloud cost spike spurs optimization movement inside Microsoft

When Microsoft moved its internal workloads to Azure, operational costs shot up—something the team had to find a way to fix quickly. The transition from physical datacenters to virtual cloud computing happens in waves. Microsoft’s journey began five years ago when the company’s Core Services Engineering and Operations (CSEO) organization deployed many of its internal...

Oct 18, 2018

Designing a new path: Unpacking Mary Gansallo’s journey to Microsoft

She was shocked when he said, ‘You can’t do it.’ When Mary Gansallo thinks about her journey to Microsoft, one conversation stands out. At the time, she was in her senior year at the University of Maryland, and her roommate, who was also a woman of color, had asked a professor in their computer science...

Oct 1, 2018

When mom’s ‘lift you up’ message carries you

Editor’s note: You can’t be what you can’t see. For people of color and other underrepresented minorities, seeing someone who looks like you can make you feel like you have the ability to create change at companies like Microsoft. This story is part of an ongoing series about women of color and underrepresented minorities working...

Sep 20, 2018

When the power of a story inspires a personal transformation

Editor’s note: You can’t be what you can’t see. For people of color and other underrepresented minorities, seeing someone who looks like you can make you feel like you have the ability to create change at companies like Microsoft. This story is part of an ongoing series about women of color and underrepresented minorities working...

Aug 13, 2018

When being ‘selfish’ about using Microsoft products gets personal

For Cory Joseph, it’s personal. If you flip over the badge of any Microsoft employee, regardless of their title or seniority, you’ll find the following phrase: “Empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.” This is the mission statement of Microsoft, and it applies to everyone who works at the company,...