Thank You TechEd Europe 2014!

Hello Readers and Viewers! Quite a few Enterprise Cloud Group CAT Team Members / Building Clouds Bloggers were speakers at TechEd Europe this year! On behalf of the team, I would like to express our appreciation to the many thousands of attendees that showed up ready to learn and experience everything TechEd had to offer… Read more

Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Compute Foundations

This document discusses the compute infrastructure components that are relevant for a Microsoft IaaS infrastructure and provides guidelines and requirements for building an IaaS network infrastructure using Microsoft products and technologies. Table of Contents (for this article) 1  Introduction  2 On-Premises     2.1 Compute Architecture  3 Public Cloud     3.1 Azure IaaS  4  Hybrid Cloud… Read more

Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Network Foundations

This document discusses the network infrastructure components that are relevant for a Microsoft IaaS infrastructure and provides guidelines and requirements for building an IaaS network infrastructure using Microsoft products and technologies. Table of Contents (for this article) 1 Introduction 2 On Premises    2.1 Network Architecture 3 Public Cloud    3.1 Low Latency Network Connections… Read more

Microsoft Infrastructure as a Service Storage Foundations

This document discusses the storage infrastructure components that are relevant for a Microsoft IaaS infrastructure and provides guidelines and requirements for building an IaaS storage infrastructure using Microsoft products and technologies. Table of Contents (for this article) 1.0  Introduction 2.0  On-Premises        2.1 Drive Architectures        2.2 Storage Controller Architectures        2.3 Storage Networking       … Read more

The Architecture Track at TechEd 2014

Hello folks! We are back this year with more architecture related content, but now you will see that the track code for each session will vary (no more ARC). Since the architecture track spreads in different pillars, from now on the sessions would pare with the closest topic, like architecting for PCIT, architecting for the… Read more

Contoso Labs-Table of Contents

This is a table of contents for the entire Contoso Labs series.  Posts will be categorized by main topics that they cover. Introduction and Planning Introduction Who are the Users? What is the Service? Hardware Resources Fabric Choices (Storage) Fabric Choices (Network) Storage Purchasing (JBODs) Storage Purchasing (File Servers) Storage Purchasing (SAS config) Network Purchasing… Read more

free eBook: Microsoft System Center – Designing Orchestrator Runbooks

Hi, I’m Andreas Rynes, Lead Architect on the Datacenter Program Team, Microsoft Services HQ working on datacenter solutions focusing on automation and management. Today I’d like to introduce you to a free eBook that we recently released to the public and share with you a few thoughts about the concepts and patterns, as well as… Read more

Hybrid IT Infrastructure Design Considerations Guide

It’s been months in the making, but it’s finally here – the Hybrid IT Infrastructure Design Considerations Guide. This guide is a document that you can use to prepare for your integration with a public cloud infrastructure services provider, like Windows Azure Infrastructure Services. This guide assumes that in the future, hybrid IT will be… Read more

TechEd 2013–John Morello on Patterns and Practices for the Hybrid World

The hits keep coming with the TechEd 2013 Architecture (ARC) track! This time I want to introduce you to John Morello. I’ve known John for several years and one thing I can tell you, this guy definitely knows his stuff! I had the unique opportunity of co-presenting a number of talks with John at TechEd… Read more

TechEd 2013-Jamal Malik Presents on Envisioning The Modern Datacenter

Do you remember the first TechEd you went to? I do. It was in New Orleans and I was invited to present on ISA Server 2000. I had done a lot of teaching and training before that event, but never spoke to a crowd that large. I figured that there would be about 50 people… Read more