Cloud Infrastructure Solution for Enterprise IT Available for Download

You’ve heard a lot about private cloud on this blog. We’ve talked about why you should consider private cloud, what advantages private cloud has to offer, and the key architectural principles, concepts and patterns that drive a well architected and designed private cloud solution. But one thing seems to be missing – a solid solution… Read more

Building a Windows Server 2012 Cloud Infrastructure with PowerShell by Josh Adams

Today we have a real treat for you! In this blog post, Joshua Adams, who is a PM in the Microsoft EEC, shows you how to create a Windows Server 2012 based private cloud infrastructure using PowerShell scripts. We had the singular opportunity to work with Josh when we put together the collection of cloud… Read more

Leveraging Windows Server 2012 Capabilities to Address Private Cloud Security Concerns – Part 2

In my previous post I covered two major sections of private cloud security: Compute and Storage. This post will focus on the next two sections: Networking and Resiliency. Networking It is through network connectivity that most transactions happen, which means that this is potentially the larger section to protect since most of the attacks will… Read more

Designing The Fabric: Introduction

Enough introduction, on to the design!  Our first step was to decide on the configuration of our fabric; the network, storage, and I/O paths needed for cloud computing.  You’ll find we made some interesting decisions here, but then this is a real project with a real budget and timelines, not an ideal reference architecture.  Like… Read more

Leveraging Windows Server 2012 Capabilities to Address Private Cloud Security Concerns – Part 1

As companies start planning their transition to a private cloud model, one of the most common concerns relates to Private Cloud Security. According to a survey done by Intel in 2012, the greatest security concerns in the Private Cloud space for IT Pros was access control. Among others were issues such as proper firewalling and… Read more

Automation–Exploring the PowerShell behind the Surface Pro Hijinks

Hello Readers/Viewers! So, by now you have seen this post and related video…You may have wondered, “Is this real life?” Or, “What did it take to do that?” Well, this post is all about my part in the “hijinks”: Automating the Surface Pro Hosted VM Live Migration (both shared-nothing and shared storage) Automation Specs Windows… Read more

Automation–Orchestrator Integration Toolkit–Cascading Dependencies Quick Feature Overview

Two posts, back to back? Yes-sir-(or madam)-ee! I couldn’t help myself – I just needed to get a bit more information out about the Windows Azure Integration Pack… and, well, how it is unlike any other Integration Pack to date. Why is it different? Well, it was the first Integration Pack to take advantage of… Read more

Automation–Orchestrating Windows Azure–Solving the Public Cloud Puzzle with System Center 2012 SP1

Hello Readers/Viewers! Once again, I am excited to announce the release of even more Example Runbooks – This time for…Windows Azure! Now… Let’s be clear, there is no way I can compete with this AWESOME post – that basically went viral yesterday – but, I will try to provide something that is at least 3… Read more

Exclusive First Look: The Long-Awaited Application Lifecycle Management Demo Video

Building and deploying a private cloud is a big deal for any organization, and to help our partners better understand how create their own private cloud, we built one of our own. What can this hybrid cloud environment look like?  We’ve put together a sneak peak below. This quick video features a key feature in… Read more

Automating Virtual Machine Migration from Hyper-V 2.0 To 3.0

Many customers (including many service providers) have deployed Windows Server 2012 with System Center 2012 SP1 to deliver cloud-based services for IaaS, DaaS and SaaS. These customers are reducing costs by leveraging their existing investments in a datacenter that has virtual machines (VMs) deployed under Windows Server 2008 R2. Now they need a way to… Read more