With the release of Hyper-V R2 and Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2, many service organizations are seeing a business opportunity around providing design, planning, and implementation services around Hyper-V and the rest of the Microsoft virtualization and management platform.
To encourage this trend among our partners, Microsoft has created a Virtualization Practice Accelerator:
Designed to help you build a services practice around Microsoft solutions, Practice Accelerator is a comprehensive set of reusable tools, resources, and best practices introduced with training via Microsoft Live Meeting. Enabling you to successfully identify customer requirements and project scope, analyze customer needs, plan solution requirements, and deploy Microsoft Virtualization, Practice Accelerator can help you build your capacity. The complete documentation set includes project guides, templates, architecture guidance, and planning and design guides, as well as leave-behind materials for your customer.
Key Components of Practice Accelerator:
Practice Accelerator provides a detailed framework covering every stage, from pre-engagement to post delivery and includes:
A series of reusable tools, templates, best practices, hands-on labs, and guides.
Materials to help provide architecture design, as well as post-deployment maintenance and monitoring recommendations.
Easily customizable reference architecture documents for you to design and provide to your customer.
Project guidance, including templates for planning and managing your customers’ projects.
Planning and design guides to help you provide pre-deployment recommendations.
One of the core components of the accelerator is content from the Server Virtualization with Advanced Management (SVAM) offering which I have worked on for several years now with a team of very skilled virtualization architects in Microsoft. SVAM is a service offering developed by Microsoft Services, available to partners, and focuses on several virtualization scenarios such as server consolidation, advanced management, VDI, etc. It includes some of the most detailed architecture, planning, and implementation guidance available for the Microsoft virtualization and management platforms.
There are two upcoming training sessions for the Virtualization Practice Accelerator:
January 18–21, 2010
February 1–4, 2010