Smartsoft Cloud Computing

Smartsoft Cloud Computing is powered by Microsoft Azure. Microsoft Azure is one of the world’s largest global cloud infrastructure networks delivered by Microsoft Corporation. Microsoft Azure is a very scalable, reliable and secure platform for delivering ‘mission-critical’ business applications, like Smartsoft ERP, and as such functions as the ‘backbone’ of our application. Technology-wise, the selection and deployment of a robust and reliable cloud platform is one of the most essential parts of a cloud-based business solution, and that’s why Smartsoft has chosen for the very professional Microsoft Azure cloud platform. Below some background information is given about Microsoft and the Microsoft Azure cloud platform.

Who they are

Microsoft Corp. delivers more than 200 cloud services, including Bing, MSN, Outlook.com, Office 365, OneDrive, Skype, Xbox Live and the Microsoft Azure platform. These services are hosted in Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure composed of more than 100 globally distributed datacenters, edge computing nodes, and service operations centers. This infrastructure is supported by one of the world’s largest multiterabit global networks, with an extensive dark fiber footprint, that connects them all.

What they do

Microsoft provides cloud services to customers 24x7x365, and the Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations’ team designs, builds, operates and helps secure every facet of the infrastructure. Since opening their first datacenter in 1989, Microsoft has invested more than $15 billion on their infrastructure and remain focused on delivering reliable, scalable and security-enhanced online services, while efficiently managing operations and costs as they grow.

Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure strategies

  • Reliability. Delivering services at huge scale requires a radically different approach to designing, building, deploying 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. 
  • Security and compliance. Microsoft is committed to helping keep customer data secure, maintain privacy and meet compliance regulations, while providing high service availability. They have risk-based information security and privacy controls and a compliance framework to ensure that their infrastructure meets their commitments while helping customers meet their complex compliance requirements.   
  • Environmental sustainability. Microsoft is investing in the development of software and technology innovations to help people and organizations improve the environment and reduce their impact upon it. They continue to evolve their datacenter operations and build technologies to improve their efficiency, while sharing sustainability best practices with the industry.

Microsoft’s cloud infrastructure by the numbers

  • 1989: The year Microsoft opened its first datacenter on its Redmond, Washington campus.
  • 90+: The number of marketplaces that their cloud services are available in today.
  • 200+: The number of online services delivered by Microsoft’s datacenters 24x7x365.   
  • $15 billion+: Microsoft’s investment in building their huge cloud infrastructure.
  • 1 million+: The number of servers hosted in their datacenters.
  • 100+: The number of datacenters Microsoft has in its global cloud infrastructure portfolio.
  • 30 trillion+: The number of data objects they store in their datacenters.
  • 1.5 million+: The average number of requests their networks process per second.
  • 3: The number of times Microsoft’s fiber optic network, one of North America’s largest, could stretch to the moon and back.
  • 1.125: Microsoft’s average PUE for its new datacenters. Power usage effectiveness (PUE) is a metric of datacenter energy efficiency and is the ratio of the power and cooling overhead required to support their server load. The industry average is 1.8.
  • 2.3 billion kWh: The amount of green power purchased by Microsoft as part of their carbon-neutral goal — ranking as the third most purchased by any U.S. company, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
  • 16: The number of carbon offset projects Microsoft has invested in, including projects in Brazil, Cambodia, China, Guatemala, India, Kenya, Mongolia, Peru, Turkey and the United States (including Keechi Wind Power investment announced November 4, 2013).
  • 100 percent: The percentage of their servers and electronic equipment that they send to a third-party vendor for recycling and/or reselling after it has been securely decommissioned.
  • 2007: The year Microsoft began sharing its best practices for cloud infrastructure with the industry.

Microsoft’s datacenters

Microsoft has both owned and leased datacenter capacity to support customers in regions throughout the world. Microsoft’s global network of datacenters include more than one million servers in more than 100 datacenters, including Amsterdam; Australia; Boydton, VA; Brazil; Cheyenne, WY; China; Chicago, IL; Des Moines, IA; Dublin, Ireland; Hong Kong; Japan; Quincy, WA; and San Antonio, TX.

Source: Microsoft’s Cloud Infrastructure Datacenters and Network Fact Sheet, June 2015 (click here).