This week in BPOS news is a recurring segment on the Microsoft Online Services Team Blog that covers news from all sectors of Cloud Computing and the Microsoft Online Services business suite known as the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). You can read all past This Week in BPOS News segments here. For this week in BPOS news we look at why governments are choosing Microsoft, and we learn what the future holds for Microsoft’s data centers. 1. Why Governments Buy Microsoft Online Services Remember all of the posts about government sectors looking to the cloud ? Governments have not only been looking to the cloud, but have started moving. Our first story for this week reflects on why many government sectors are choosing Microsoft over the competition when it comes to trusting their data in the cloud. The Why Microsoft blog has a fantastic article that takes an in depth look at “ Why governments buy Microsoft Online Services .” Why Microsoft author, Tony Tai, looks at case studies and examples to figure out why government sectors are choosing Microsoft Online Services. Tony breaks down the government cloud requirements in the following categories: Saving Money while Delivering Valued Services Using Resources Optimally Compatibility and User Acceptance Data Security and Data Archival There are some great examples under each category above. I recommend anyone interested in the cloud race across government sectors to check out this Why Microsoft article . 2. Microsoft: The Cloud is the ‘Utility of the Future Our second story for This Week in BPOS News, touches on some interesting “big picture concepts.” Christian Belady of Microsoft is tasked to look at how data and energy are related. “Data is really a processed form of electricity,” Belady says. “We’re part of this ecosystem: an energy pipeline. If you started from scratch, what with that whole pipeline look like? How does that change infrastructure? How can we deploy the cloud?” Christian also looks at where there can be innovations for the future. Some innovations that are discussed in the article are temperature and humidity ranges, on-site power and geography and site location. Check out this story from Data Center Knowledge to learn more about what Microsoft is doing around their data centers. What are your thoughts about the stories we shared with you this week? Did you see a story you want to share with us? Let us know what other topics you’d like to see. You can comment on this blog post or send an email to our community mailbox . Follow us on Twitter and like our Facebook page.
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