Gartner Datacenter 2012 Conference

I had the chance to attend one of my favorite conferences last week, albeit not my favorite location (Vegas). The Gartner Datacenter Conference is the world’s longest-running datacenter conference at over 30 years of age. It brings together top analysts and research, vendors, and guest speakers to help IT decision makers understand where this industry… Read more

What is Automation? by Michael Lubanski

Automation is "the use of machines or technologies to optimize productivity in the production of goods and delivery of services. The correct incentive for applying automation is to increase productivity, and/or quality beyond that possible with current human labor levels so as to realize economies of scale, and/or realize predictable quality levels.[1] “ Automation in… Read more

Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Information New and Improved and UPDATED

If you’ve ever used the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track documentation, you know that it’s the way to build out your private cloud infrastructure and fabric management system. Fast Track guidance is represents a very well architected and tested solution with a proven track record. The good news is that the Fast Track document set… Read more

NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012 Brings Simple, Affordable Traffic Reliability and Load Balancing to your Cloud Workloads

Hi, Last week I had the pleasure of attending TechEd Orlando and staffing the Windows Networking booth. We had a lot of people coming to the booth with great questions about networking technologies or just curious to see what’s new. One of the most common questions that came up was – “I heard you now… Read more

Let’s Build a Cloud… With PowerShell! – Part 2: Managing Virtual Machines

In the previous blog in this series, we discussed how to use PowerShell to deploy and configure Hyper-V and File Server clusters to set up a cloud infrastructure environment. We’ve seen how remote PowerShell invocation helps achieve that at scale and with zero manual intervention. We’ve also used a management server to host the PowerShell… Read more

Private Cloud Architecture Sessions at TechEd North America 2012

This is a big year for Microsoft! We’re going to see the release a Windows Server 2012 and a slew of other fantastic products – and you’re going to want to learn about them all. The big thing about Windows Server 2012 is that it’s all about the cloud. Private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud… Read more

Increased Network Performance using SR-IOV in Windows Server 2012

In this blog entry, Bob Combs from the Windows Networking team discusses a technology called Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV). SR-IOV is helpful when virtualizing demanding workloads that require high network performance and is one of the ways we deliver on the promise of being able to virtualize any workload. Note, however, that because this… Read more

Self-Service in System Center 2012 by Michael Lubanski

“Self-Service” is one of the core features of a Private Cloud. Self-Service gives the user the ability to request computing resources for his/her use with minimal or no interaction with their IT staff. In some cases, it may be as simple as browsing to a website, entering some information, such as the number and type… Read more

Dr. Tom Shinder Talks Private Cloud at TechEd 2012 in Orlando

Wow! Time sure does fly. It seems like last year’s TechEd was only yesterday. Now we’re coming up to the 2012 TechEd season and we’re ramping up some great private cloud architecture content for TechEd in both Orlando and Amsterdam. If you’re interested in private cloud architecture and foundational aspects of a private cloud infrastructure,… Read more

Let’s Build a Cloud… With PowerShell! – Part 1: Deployment and Configuration

Windows Server 2012 introduces vastly improved Windows PowerShell support with over 2,300 cmdlets to manage just about everything in the platform. This means you can now use Windows PowerShell to automate all of the IT tasks around cloud datacenter management, starting from deploying your cloud infrastructure servers, through on-boarding virtual machines onto that infrastructure, and… Read more