Monitoring the Cloud Fabric in the Cloud Platform System (CPS)

My CPS stamp just arrived and I can’t wait for my customers to begin spinning up their own VMs! But once CPS is up in my datacenter and I start running customer workloads how do I know if the fabric of my cloud is healthy? How do I know if there are issues I need… Read more

Deployment–PDT 2.65.2620 is now available on the TechNet Gallery

In my last post I mentioned that PDT was being maintained by a group inside Microsoft that actively use the tool.  Well, that team have been hard at work and have provided and update which is now available on the TechNet Gallery here.  A huge thanks to that team for their work on this! The… Read more

Modern Datacenter Architecture Patterns–Hybrid Networking

This document provides an overview of Microsoft Azure networking capabilities for hybrid environments. Microsoft Azure Virtual Networking enables you to create logically isolated networks in Azure and securely connect them to your on-premises datacenter over the Internet or using a private network connection. In addition, individual client machines can connect to an isolated Azure network… Read more

Modern Datacenter Architectural Patterns-Azure Search Tier

The Azure Search Tier design pattern details the Azure features and services required to deliver search services that can provide predictable performance and high availability across geographic boundaries and provides an architectural pattern for using Azure Search in delivering a search solution. Table of Contents 1 Overview    1.1 Pattern Requirements and Service Description 2… Read more

Modern Datacenter Architecture Patterns-Multi-Site Data Tier

The Multi-Site Data Tier design pattern details the Azure features and services required to deliver data tier services that can provide predictable performance and high availability across geographic boundaries. Table of Contents 1 Overview    1.1 Pattern Requirements and Service Description 2 Architecture Pattern    2.1 Pattern Dependencies    2.2 Azure Services    2.3 Pattern… Read more

Modern Datacenter Architecture Patterns – Offsite Batch Processing Tier

The Offsite Batch Processing Tier design pattern details the Azure features and services required to deliver backend data processing that is both fault tolerant and scalable. These services are realized as worker roles in cloud services on Azure, which currently can be deployed to any Azure data center. Table of Contents 1 Overview    1.1… Read more

Modern Datacenter Architecture Patterns-Global Load Balanced Web Tier

The Global Load Balanced Web Tier design pattern details the Azure features and services required to deliver web tier services that can provide predictable performance and high availability across geographic boundaries. Table of Contents 1 Overview    1.1 Pattern Requirements and Service Description' 2 Architecture Pattern    2.1 Pattern Dependencies    2.2 Azure Services   … Read more

Cloud Platform Integration Framework–Overview

The Cloud Platform Integration Framework (CPIF) provides workload integration guidance for onboarding applications into a Microsoft Cloud Solution. CPIF describes how organizations, Microsoft Partners and Solution Integrators should design and deploy Cloud-targeted workloads utilizing the hybrid cloud platform and management capabilities of Azure, System Center and Windows Server Table of Contents 1 Introduction      1.1… Read more

Microsoft Cloud Platform Integration Framework – Architecture

The Cloud Platform Integration Framework (CPIF) provides an enterprise or cloud service provider architect patterns that helps bridge the gaps between infrastructure and workloads by providing guidance to application and workload teams for integrating with the Microsoft cloud platform. Cloud Platform Integration Framework Overview and Patterns: Cloud Platform Integration Framework – Overview and Architecture Modern… Read more

Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Foundations

The goal of the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Foundations series is to help enterprise IT departments and cloud service providers understand, develop, and implement IaaS infrastructures. This series provides comprehensive conceptual background that combines Microsoft software, consolidated guidance, and validated configurations with partner technologies such as compute, network, and storage architectures, in addition to value-added software features…. Read more