The World 10 Largest Datacenters

external source:   10. The SuperNAP, Las Vegas (Switch Communications) 9A and 9B. Microsoft Data Centers in Quincy Washington and San Antonio 8. CH1, Elk Grove Village, Ill. (DuPont Fabros) 7. Phoenix ONE, Phoenix (i/o Data Centers) 6. Microsoft Dublin (Microsoft) 5. Container Data Center, Chicago (Microsoft) 4. NGD Europe, Newport Wales (Next Generation…


Using Opalis automating patching Hyper-V Clusters

Great Blog about using Opalis in real world scenarios


Microsoft’s experience in Cloud Computing

Microsoft has been providing cloud computing services for more than 15 years by operating our own consumer Software as a Service (SaaS) offerings including Hotmail (with over 450 million users), Live Mesh, and BING (search) with over 28 billion queries per month. With enterprise online services such as the Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS), which…


What is Fabric Management and why it is important

  Fabric Management enables the infrastructure (facilities-storage-network-compute) to operate as a system Traditional infrastructure deployments have redundancy in every component to avoid single points of failure – which is a significant cost multiplier When viewed as a complete system, applications and workload instances can be spread across pre-defined fault domains which ensures that when a…


The Dynamic Datacenter Reference Model

  Service Delivery Layer: Represents those Service Management activities that require input and interaction with the business and service owner. The components are not only responsible for that interaction, but also the translation of business requirement into technology and operational capabilities. This layer represents the business perspective on the basis of IT. Software Layer: Provides…


Cloud Sourcing Models

Sourcing models (shared or dedicated, and whether internally hosted or externally hosted) are defined by the ownership and control of architectural design and the degree of available customization. The different sourcing models can be evaluated against the three standards – cost, control, and scalability.   Cloud Sourcing Type Hosting Location Shared or Dedicated Architectural Control…


Comparison of Cloud Service Models

Type Consumer Service Provided by Cloud Service Level Coverage Customization SaaS End user Finished application Application uptime Application Performance Minimal to no customization Capabilities dictated by market or provider PaaS Application owner Runtime environment for application code Cloud storage Other Cloud services such as integration Environment availability Environment performance No application coverage High degree of…


Cloud: Infrastructure, Platform, and Software as a Service

Microsoft’s cloud solution provides a comprehensive range of service-based components. Microsoft not only provides infrastructure services but also offers a range of platform and software services solutions as well. With Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), customers get on-demand computing and storage to host, scale, and manage applications and services through Microsoft’s worldwide datacenters. This allows…


High Availability in Exchange Server 2010

  There’s a lot of information out there that will help you plan, design and manage your high availability or site resilience solution. For example, you might want to start with this four-part video blogcast on high availability in Exchange 2010: High Availability in Exchange Server 2010 – Part 1 High Availability in Exchange Server…


Exchange 2010: Coexistence Scenario Now Available in the Exchange Deployment Assistant

Roughly a year ago, Microsoft launched the Exchange Server 2010 Deployment Assistant. It allows you to create Exchange Server 2010 on-premises deployment instructions that are customized to your environment. The Deployment Assistant asks you a small set of questions and, based on your answers, it provides a checklist with instructions that are designed to get…