Learn how Microsoft Circular Centers are scaling cloud supply chain sustainability

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Written by Rani Borkar, Corporate Vice President, Azure Hardware Systems and Infrastructure

 

Aiming at delivering the most sustainable, scalable, and reliable cloud for Azure customers, continued innovation in cloud hardware is a constant priority for Microsoft. This extends beyond server architecture and rack design to include intelligent provisioning, deployment, and ultimately, decommissioning of cloud computing hardware in datacenters.

 

As we look to deliver upon Microsoft’s commitments towards a net-zero carbon future, our cloud supply chain has integrated a zero-waste philosophy into every stage of the datacenter hardware lifecycle.

For this edition of our Hardware Innovation blog series, I’ve invited Paul Clark, GM, Cloud Engineering and Supply Chain Sustainability, and Anand Narasimhan, GM, Cloud Supply Chain Sustainability to share more about how Microsoft Circular Centers are extending the lifespan of our servers with the goal of increasing component reuse by up to 90 percent.

 

Microsoft team at the opening of the Circular Center in Boydton, Virginia. Pictured from left to right: David Beyer, Anand Narasimhan, Alex Bitiukov, Rani Borkar, Jeff Bertocci, Paul Clark, Kesava Viswanathan, Mo Cruz, Pedro Ramos.Microsoft team at the opening of the Circular Center in Boydton, Virginia. Pictured from left to right: David Beyer, Anand Narasimhan, Alex Bitiukov, Rani Borkar, Jeff Bertocci, Paul Clark, Kesava Viswanathan, Mo Cruz, Pedro Ramos.

 

In January of 2022, the Microsoft Cloud supply chain achieved significant milestones toward its goal of reusing 90 percent of its cloud computing hardware assets by 2025. We launched two additional Circular Centers, which process decommissioned cloud servers and hardware, sort, and intelligently channel the components and equipment to optimize reuse or repurpose.

 

Our pilot Circular Center opened in Amsterdam in 2020, and the new centers that went live this year are located at our datacenter campuses in Dublin, Ireland, and Boydton, Virginia. We plan to expand the program at Microsoft datacenters in Quincy, Washington; Chicago, Illinois; Singapore and additional sites over the next few years in Des Moines, Iowa; San Antonio, Texas; Cheyenne, Wyoming; Sydney, Australia; Sweden, and more.

 

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