Windows Azure Pack lifecycle was extended to 2027

Good news! Windows Azure Pack lifecycle was updated. It means that: Azure Pack is not dead, and it’s far from being dead. Azure Pack will continue to evolve until 2022 (6 years from now) and will be supported until 2027 (11 years from now). Azure Pack already supports new features of Windows Server 2016 like Shielded VMs…


Shielded VMs in Windows Server 2016

A lot of customers ask service providers: “How can you guarantee, that your technical staff won’t steal our confidential data?” And honestly speaking, there is no simple answer for that. Some service providers can say that they have organizational policies and security monitoring in place, others say that they will implement encryption of tenant’s data etc….


Windows Server 2016 – What’s new for Service Providers

Windows Server 2016 is finally released, and it’s a breakthrough version of Microsoft’s server operating system. Windows Server 2016 is packed with great new features, that make it the best-in-class IaaS platform, the most secure Windows Server ever, and the best platform for Windows-based microservices. In this series I will write about new features in…


Azure Connector for Azure Pack

Great news! Last week Microsoft Azure connector for Windows Azure Pack was released for the public. It is available on GitHub as an Open Source. This connector allows every hoster to add Azure VM management functionality to its current Azure Pack portal. This is what service providers asked Microsoft for years – single management panel for…


COSN Platform Best Practices

I've already shared some high-level best practices regarding Cloud OS Network Platform in my previous posts. Today I'll continue sharing my knowledge about building IaaS cloud services based on Hyper-V, System Center and Azure Pack for hosting service providers and big enterprises. Here are my best practices regarding IaaS for Cloud OS Network Platform. 04.02.2016…


Windows Server Activation Best Practices

UPD: Updated with the information for Windows Server 2016. Windows Server automatic activation is very important for IaaS services. Today I’ll share some best practices for Windows Server activation in Service Provider environments. These practices also can be used for Enterprise environments. And of course they can be and must be used for Cloud OS Network…


Microsoft Cloud OS Network Platform (2/2)

In this article I'll continue the story about COSN Platform – an ultimate solution for service providers to provide Azure-like services, hosted in a local datacenter. First post is available here. High Availability of the COSN Platform COSN Platform was designed to be highly available, cost optimized and scalable. It consists of several major components, and…


Microsoft Cloud OS Network Platform (1/2)

In a previous post I've described what is Hybrid Cloud in terms of Microsoft. I've mentioned one part of Cloud OS called "Cloud OS Network". Today I will describe what is "Microsoft Cloud OS Network platform" (or shortly – COSN Platform) – a stack of Microsoft products and technologies, on which all Cloud OS Network…