Capacity Planner for Hyper-V Replica

Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 includes a new capability called “Hyper-V Replica”. Hyper-V Replica allows administrators to replicate their virtual machines from a primary server/cluster to a replica server/cluster.  I have been asked many times , how much bandwidth we need for the Hyper-V replica. And I usually gave a typical consultant answer:  It depends…


SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn Support for System Center 2012 SP1 products

During my project I tried to find out which System Center 2012 SP1 products support SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn functionality . I took me quite some time after browsing all products for supported configuration I finally found following technet article  which provides exactly the information I was looking for.   SQL Server 2012 AlwaysOn…


How to design a Microsoft Private Cloud in a predictable and supported way

A Product Line Architecture (PLA) is a set of rules and architectural patterns that provide a method for predictable and supportable deployments Infrastructure-as-a-Service Product Line Architecture Fabric Architecture Guide – Infrastructure-as-a-Service Product Line Architecture Fabric Management Architecture Guide – These documents provides specific guidance for developing fabric architectures (compute, network, storage, and virtualization…


Where can I find information about Security for Microsoft Private Cloud

As I am working for large National Cloud project for a Government very high Security standard and a lot of requirements for security, compliance and auditing coming up every day. As Microsoft we are using following building blocks to build an Architecture  for a Microsoft Private Cloud   Security components for Private Cloud can be…


TechEd Europe – Speaker–“Envisioning the Modern Datacenter”

Are you struggling to keep critical services running in your Datacenter in accordance to agreed upon SLAs? Are you finding it difficult to control and manage various and heterogeneous environments and keep them from growing out of control? If so, how would you like to learn how Microsoft manages its own Datacenter which host over…


Looking for Standards how to design Datacenters?

Beside the approach Microsoft takes to design Modern or Modular Datacenters which is very advanced and innovative,  there exists some de-facto standards from the industry.   BICSI 002  ( , updated in 2011, sets forth requirements, recommendations and additional information that should be considered when working with critical systems, like the electrical, mechanical, and telecommunication…


Re-Activating my Blog

After some break I am planning to re-activate my blog. So in the near future you will see here entries on daily learning’s and issues on designing a Microsoft Private Cloud platform based on real life experience from one of the biggest National Cloud projects these days. So stay tuned and learn with me