Director of Energy Research
Sean James runs Microsoft’s datacenter research and development program within the Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure
and Operations group. MCIO provides the foundational cloud infrastructure for over 1,000,000,000 Customers,
20,000,000 Businesses, 200+ Microsoft online services, in 90 Markets. Sean drives new datacenter technology for
Microsoft’s next generation data centers including the evaluation, development, and testing.
Sean joined Microsoft in 2006 to manage one of Microsoft’s datacenters. Later, he joined the construction team and
oversaw the design and building of new Microsoft data centers.
Prior to joining Microsoft, Sean worked in datacenter management overseeing the day-to-day maintenance and repair
operations for both IT hardware and critical infrastructure, such as electrical infrastructure and cooling equipment. Prior
to joining Microsoft, Sean served in the US Navy Submarine Fleet as an electrician.
Sean holds many patents related to datacenters and energy, a computer science degree, and is a certified Project
Management Professional from the Project Management Institute. He enjoys spending time with his family, guitar, and