NIC Teaming in Windows Server 2012 Brings Simple, Affordable Traffic Reliability and Load Balancing to your Cloud Workloads

Hi, Last week I had the pleasure of attending TechEd Orlando and staffing the Windows Networking booth. We had a lot of people coming to the booth with great questions about networking technologies or just curious to see what’s new. One of the most common questions that came up was – “I heard you now… Read more

Let’s Build a Cloud… With PowerShell! – Part 2: Managing Virtual Machines

In the previous blog in this series, we discussed how to use PowerShell to deploy and configure Hyper-V and File Server clusters to set up a cloud infrastructure environment. We’ve seen how remote PowerShell invocation helps achieve that at scale and with zero manual intervention. We’ve also used a management server to host the PowerShell… Read more

Let’s Build a Cloud… With PowerShell! – Part 1: Deployment and Configuration

Windows Server 2012 introduces vastly improved Windows PowerShell support with over 2,300 cmdlets to manage just about everything in the platform. This means you can now use Windows PowerShell to automate all of the IT tasks around cloud datacenter management, starting from deploying your cloud infrastructure servers, through on-boarding virtual machines onto that infrastructure, and… Read more

Cloud Datacenter Storage Approaches in the Windows Server 2012 era

In our previous blog post, we talked about the network architecture of a Windows Server 2012 datacenter and how it opens up the door for new ways of thinking about networking. In this post, we’ll discuss the different conceptual approaches for storage when building cloud infrastructure and see how Windows Server 2012 presents new opportunities… Read more

Cloud Datacenter Network Architecture in the Windows Server “8” era

In the previous blog, we talked about what makes Windows Server “8” a great cloud platform and how to actually get your hands dirty building your own mini-cloud. I hope by now that you’ve had a chance to explore the Windows Server “8” cloud infrastructure technologies, so now you’re ready to start diving a bit… Read more

Let’s Build Clouds with Windows Server “8”

Hello Cloud fans! It gives me great pleasure to kick off a new series of blogs about Windows Server 8 as a cloud-optimized OS! We’ve been operating in silent mode till now, with limited public exposure (mainly at \\BUILD) but now it’s time to start sharing the great stuff with you. It’s going to be… Read more

Windows Server “8” and Cloud Computing

We talk a lot about the core architectural principles, concepts and patterns that go into creating a private cloud that enable you to take advantage of the key capabilities that cloud offers over a conventional datacenter. These capabilities are enabled by a strong and robust software foundation. That foundation needs to make possible the abstraction required… Read more