Thoughts on Nano Server improving Infrastructure Architect Designs

This week at Ignite we uncovered more details on the new and exciting products that will be fundamental to our cloud platform moving forward.  This includes a smaller installation footprint for Windows Server, known as Nano Server.  Microsoft currently offers an installation option for Windows Server named Server Core that provides a minimal installation of… Read more

How Do I Extend My Datacenter in Microsoft Azure?

How do you grow your puppy into a full fledged dog? It takes time, patience, work, and some knowledge of raising and training up a dog right. It’s not easy, but if you do the work, the benefits are enormous. How do you extend your current on-premises datacenter into Microsoft Azure? Again, I could say… Read more

CPS Management Cluster and Its Performance

By now, I hope that you’ve had some opportunities to read and understand what Cloud Platform System (CPS) is, how the fabric monitoring capability works in CPS, how we take advantage of CPS inside of Microsoft, and how we're building and testing Microsoft workloads in this platform. In today’s post, we’d like to take you… 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

Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Foundations-Software Defined Architecture Pattern

As part of Microsoft IaaS Foundations series, this document provides an overview of one of the Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service design patterns that you can use drive your own design exercises. These patterns are field tested and represent the results of Microsoft Consulting Services experiences in the field Table of Contents (this article) 1… Read more

Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Design Patterns–Overview

As part of Microsoft IaaS Foundations series, this document provides an overview of Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Design patterns that you can use drive your own design exercises. These patterns are field tested and represent the results of Microsoft Consulting Services experiences in the field. Table of Contents (this article) 1  Introduction    1.1… Read more

Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide-Security Design Considerations

This section of the Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide covers a number of security design considerations that you will need to think about and options for making the best decisions for securing your private cloud deployment. Table of Contents 4 Private Cloud Security Considerations    4.1 Security Foundation Considerations    4.2 Infrastructure Security Considerations   … Read more

Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide-Security Challenges

This section of the Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide covers a number of security design challenges that you will need to address when considering options for making the best decisions for securing your private cloud . Table of Contents 5 Private cloud Security Challenges    5.1 Resource Pooling Security Considerations    5.2 Broad Network Access… Read more

Private Cloud Security Considerations Guide–Introduction and Overview

The purpose of this document is to provide you with design considerations and architectural view for designing effective security within a private cloud environment. Table of Contents (this article) 1 Introduction    1.1 Document Audience    1.2 Document Purpose  2 Introduction to Private Cloud Security 3 Private Cloud Security Domain    3.1 Conceptual Design   … Read more

Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Virtualization Platform Foundations

This document discusses the virtualization platform infrastructure components that are relevant for a Microsoft IaaS infrastructure and provides guidelines and requirements for building an IaaS virtualization platform infrastructure using Microsoft products and technologies. Table of Contents (for this article) 1 Introduction 2 Virtualization Platform Architecture     2.1 Virtualization Platform Features     2.2 Hyper-V Guest Virtual… Read more