General Manager for Data Center Research, Microsoft
Alternate Board Member and Treasurer, The Green Grid
Christian Belady is the general manager for Data Center Research in Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) where he is responsible for driving research and advanced development of technologies for broad scale adoption in Microsoft’s data centers. GFS supports over 200 Microsoft online services for consumers and businesses worldwide.
Prior to his current role, he was the Director of Hardware Architecture in the Extreme Computing Group at Microsoft Research where he led a team that explored hardware opportunities related to the future of client plus cloud computing. He started his career at Microsoft in 2007 as Microsoft’s Principal Infrastructure Architect for Global Foundation Services to improve both efficiency and cost in their online services infrastructure. His responsibilities have included driving initiatives for sustainability in the data center and infrastructure space, and he was one of the key architects for the company’s next generation modular data centers. Prior to joining Microsoft, Christian was a Distinguished Technologist for HP where his responsibilities included driving the technology direction in HP's server products and their environments, as well as driving industry data center initiatives. In addition, his earlier employers include Convex Computers (acquired by HP), TI, and IBM.
In 2010, SearchDataCenter named Christian as one of “5 People Who Changed the Data Center” industry and helped drive innovative thinking and quantitative benchmarking in the field. With over 84 U.S. patents and many international patents, Christian is an ASME and IMAPS Fellow and a founding member of ASHRAE's TC9.9, which is responsible for developing data center guidelines. He was one of the early architects of The Green Grid and currently serves as the Treasurer for the organization, and is an originator of the Power Usage Effectiveness (PUE™) metric used to determine the energy efficiency of a data center which is now broadly used by the industry. He also works closely with government agencies globally to define efficiency metrics for data centers and servers.
Christian has published several dozen papers, is frequently quoted in the press, and is a featured speaker on power and cooling trends in the industry. Since the late 1990s, the focus of his publications has been on data centers and the industry’s need for engineering efficient computing environments. Christian holds engineering degrees from Cornell University (BS) and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (MS) and a business degree from the University of Texas at Dallas (MA) where he was honored with the 2010 Distinguished Alumni Award.