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 Foundations—Converged Architecture Pattern

This document discusses one of several design patterns that you can use for building out your Infrastructure as a Service fabric infrastructure. This document covers the converged architecture pattern, which is defined by converging networks for each of the traffic profiles used in a Microsoft IaaS solution. Table of Contents (for this article) 1 Introduction… 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

The Virtualization Fabric Design Considerations Guide is now available online and for download!

You’re no doubt familiar with Windows Server Hyper-V, and how simple it is to install on Windows Server.  If you want to use it to host hundreds or thousands of virtual machines running mission critical workloads in your environment though, then you need to do more than just install it.  You need to determine which… 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

Hyper-V Virtual Fibre Channel Design Guide

Virtual Fibre Channel for Hyper-V provides the guest operating system with unmediated access to a SAN by using a standard World Wide Name (WWN) associated with a virtual machine. Hyper-V users can now use Fibre Channel SANs to virtualize workloads that require direct access to SAN logical unit numbers (LUNs). Fibre Channel SANs also allow… 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