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Mar 4 2010   1:03PM GMT

Christian Belady changing roles at Microsoft

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Christian BeladyChristian Belady, formerly the data center power and cooling expert at Microsoft who basically devised the power usage effectiveness (PUE) metric that has become the industry standard for measuring data center energy efficiency, is changing jobs within the company.

According to a blog he posted yesterday, Belady will move to Microsoft Research and into something called the “Extreme Computing Group.” Belady explains:

Cloud computing has made mining and developing the “right” opportunities even that much more important.  We need to think about how we tie together the complete ecosystem of the software stack, the IT, the data center and the grid today and what efficiencies we can drive from our research and development for the future.  For those of you that know me – this is the kind of opportunity that makes me salivate.  There aren’t many people around tasked with this kind of challenge and this is the opportunity I have been given in the evolution of my career at Microsoft.

In addition to these roles, Belady is also part of’s data center advisory board.

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