I recently wrote an Technet Magazine article (published in September 2011 issue) about how to create an IT Lab for Virtual Machines based on Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 and Self-Service Portal 2.0 together with my colleage Thomas Vater. This is another idea how to run a simple private cloud scenario within your IT.

This scenario is not related to the high-end solution "Datacenter Services Solution v1.1", but it's an low-cost and easy way to get a lot of the Cloud Computing definitions that the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) described at http://www.nist.gov/itl/cloud/upload/cloud-def-v15.pdf

Link: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/hh395484.aspx

In one of my next article I'm planned to write about the Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 SP1 and show how to add automation using Opalis Integration.