Get ready to thumb a ride into the foundations of the cloud. Chris and Mark take you on an audible time hop through the stages of Microsoft datacenter innovation, planning and scale - into the foundational underpinnings of what runs SharePoint in Office 365.


On a Intrazone outing, Chris and Mark go onsite to the full-scale datacenter lab and speak with Richard Harrison, datacenter technical architect, about how Microsoft invents at the physical datacenter layer. Then, Mark speaks with Som Coelho, principal program manager to understand large-scale, long-term hardware capacity planning. And to finish off, Mark chats with Zach Rosenfield, principal group program manager charged with making SharePoint an elastic, reliable, scalable service worldwide. In all, we discover the heart behind SharePoint - the datacenter.


We know it's a longer episode, and it's worth every 97 cloud-tasty minutes of it. You’ll hear the real sounds of the datacenter and from some of the bright minds that truly make it hum. Thumbs out. Here we go!


And after you listen, scroll down to the end of this blog post to see a photo of Richard posing in front of one of the beautiful backup diesel generators - a pure, proud smile.


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Intrazone-logo_banner.jpgThe Intrazone is your bi-weekly conversation and interview podcast hosted by the SharePoint team.

Intrazone-013_Hitchhikers-guide-to-the-Cloud_hosts-guests-faces.jpgLeft to right, top to bottom: Richard Harrison – datacenter technical architect (Microsoft), Som Coelho – principal program manager (SharePoint/Microsoft) [guest], Zach Rosenfield - principal group program manager (SharePoint/Microsoft), Mark Kashman – senior product manager (SharePoint/Microsoft) [host], and Chris McNulty – senior product manager (SharePoint/Microsoft) [co-host].

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Extra visual credit if you scrolled down and read this far. The following image is Richard Harrison posing in front of one of the beautiful diesel generators that is at the ready as backup power to the Microsoft datacenter lab:

RichardHarrison_Microsoft_002.jpgRichard Harrison, datacenter technical architect, standing in front of one of the diesel backup generators onsite at the Microsoft datacenter lab.