The anatomy of a datacenter—how Microsoft's datacenter hardware powers the Microsoft Cloud

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




Leading hardware engineering at a company known for its vast portfolio of software applications and systems is not as strange as it sounds, as the Microsoft Cloud depends on hardware as the foundation of trust, reliability, capacity, and performance, to make it possible for Microsoft and our customers to achieve more. The underlying infrastructure that powers our 60 plus datacenter regions across 140 countries consists of hardware and systems that sit within the physical buildings of datacenters—enabling millions of customers to execute critical and advanced workloads, such as AI and quantum computing, as well as unleashing future innovations.


Datacenter hardware development is imperative to the evolution of the Microsoft Cloud

As the Microsoft Cloud offers services and products to meet the world’s ever-growing computing demands, it is critical that we continuously design and advance hardware systems and infrastructure to deliver greater performance, higher efficiency, and more resiliency to customers—all with security and sustainability in mind. Today, our hardware engineering efforts and investments focus heavily on roadmap and lifecycle planning, sourcing and provisioning of servers, and innovating to deliver next-generation infrastructure for datacenters. In our new Hardware Innovation blog series, I’ll be sharing some of the hardware development and investments that are driving the most impact for the Microsoft Cloud and making Azure the trusted cloud that delivers innovative, reliable, and sustainable hybrid cloud solutions. But first, let’s look “under the hood” of a Microsoft datacenter:


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