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Microsoft begins sharing data center energy efficiency info

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Microsoft said it plans to tell customers more about the energy use of the data centers it uses to host Azure public cloud services. With that information, customers can decide where to deploy their applications in the most efficient possible way.

The initiative is part of a plan Microsoft unveiled last year to remove more carbon than it emits by 2030.

In the past, companies that operate data centers have been tight-lipped about efficiency. But starting earlier this year, Microsoft began sharing information about power usage effectiveness for its Azure data center “regions” -- groups of data centers located near each other -- to some customers under nondisclosure agreements.

Early reports said that European customers ask for more insights into the details of data center operations. In 2020, Microsoft introduced a Sustainability Calculator that customers can use to track the greenhouse gas emissions arising from their use of Azure.

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