System Center 2012 R2 Explained: Managing Hybrid Cloud with App Controller

For this topic and like many others in cloud computing, the first order of business is to know what exactly a hybrid cloud is. Cloud is a broad subject and covers very much every aspect of IT from hardware acquisition, infrastructure, deployment, management, all the way to decommission of a workload. Without first specifying what…


System Center Virtual Machine Manager as Private Cloud Enabler (5/5): App Controller

Among the members of System Center 2012 release, App Controller seems getting more attention than the others in the suite. And the reason is probably because App Controller directly answers the need to have a single pane of glass to manage both public and private clouds. A single pane of glass means seamless integration of…


System Center 2012 R2 Explained: App Controller for VM and Cloud Service Deployment

One essential characteristics of cloud computing is a self-service mechanism. Both NIST SP 800-145 and Chou’s 5-3-2 Principle have discussed well. The self-servicing capability is essential since not only it reduces support cost fundamentally, but making it easy for a user to consume provided services will continually promote the usage and ultimately accelerate the ROI….


System Center 2012 R2 Explained: App Controller as a Single Pane of Glass for Cloud Management, A Primer

As IT architectures, methodologies, solutions, and cloud computing are rapidly converging, system management plays an increasingly critical role and has become a focal point of any cloud initiative. A system management solution now must identify and manage not only physical and virtualized resources, but those deployed as services to private cloud, public cloud, and in…


A Private Cloud Delivers IT as a Service (Virtualization vs. Private Cloud, Part 2)

Build your test lab with Boot-to-VHD. Here are the steps. Deploy a VM to cloud and build your lab in Windows Azure with 90-day free trial. Here’s how. Preping for Microsoft certifications? Join our Windows Server 2012 "Early Experts" Study Group. A private cloud delivers business functions as services, while virtualization virtualizes computing resources supporting…


Highly Virtualized Computing vs. Private Cloud (Reprised, 2/2)

Virtualization vs. private cloud has confused many IT pros. Are they the same? Or different? In what way and how? We have already virtualized most of my computing resources, is a private cloud still relevant to us? These are questions I have been frequently asked. This is the 2nd article of the series, as shown below,…


Cloud Computing Goes Far Beyond Virtualization (Virtualization vs. Private Cloud, Part 1)

Virtualization vs. private cloud has confused many IT pros. Are they the same? Or different? In what way and how? We have already virtualized most of my computing resources, is a private cloud still relevant to us? These are questions I have been frequently asked. Before getting the answers, in the first article of the…


Chou’s Theories of Cloud Computing: The 5-3-2 Principle

Notice the 5-3-2 Principle Theory 3 is based on NIST SP 800-145. However the latter categorizes 4 cloud deployment models including public, private, community and hybrid; at the same time the former states two cloud deployment models while considering a hybrid cloud is a private cloud variant and a community cloud is a private cloud…