Now that April is upon us, the US IT Pro Evangelist team is embarking on another Blog Series for the month of April - Build Your Private Cloud in a Month.  Since the team has covered Windows Server 2012 (December 2012), Windows Azure (January 2013), Migration and Deployment (February 2013) and Server Virtualization (March 2013), it is time to take the knowledge and know how from those series and apply it to actually building out a Private Cloud.  The series will start by providing the foundation and then build from there.  Keith Mayer explains the entire series and lays out the roadmap for the articles for the month of April in his blog post from yesterday.  Please check back daily to get the next piece of the building block.

I am including a very brief snippet from Keith’s post below, but please do go read the entire article on his blog.


Are you virtualizing your servers? Yes, of course!

Are you spending less time managing your servers as a result?  Hmm … No!

Server Virtualization is Great, But …

imageServer virtualization has been a great set of technologies to reduce our capital expenses and some operating expenses by consolidating a larger number of virtualized server workloads in a smaller footprint of physical rack space.  As a result, we’ve been able to purchase less data center hardware and likely have lower power and cooling costs in running our data center.

However, most IT Pros are not seeing a reduction in the amount of time they spend with day-to-day management of server operating systems and applications.  Let face it … whether you have 100 physical servers or 100 virtual servers, you still have 100 server operating system instances to administer, configure, monitor, patch and update.  In fact, because of reduced capital costs when using server virtualization, many IT Pros report that they are now faced with managing a much larger ( and growing ) number of operating system instances and applications – these days, it seems like everyone in the company wants their own VMs!  As a result, IT Pros are forced to spend most of their day managing VMs and applications, and often don’t have enough time to spend on improving their IT environments.

Private Cloud … To The Rescue!

imageWell, Private Cloud is the answer! Private Cloud is not a product, but rather an approach for designing, implementing and managing your servers, applications and data center resources by reducing complexity, increasing standardization and automation, and provide elasticity – the ability to easily scale your data center up, down, in or out – to support evolving business and technical requirements.

Private Cloud applies the same principles used for scaling and managing the world’s largest public clouds to your private data center environment.  Now, you can have your very own cloud!

Build Your Private Cloud – The Series

This month, my fellow Technical Evangelists and I will be writing a series of articles that step through building your very own Private Cloud by leveraging Windows Server 2012, Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service ( IaaS ) and System Center 2012 Service Pack 1.

Week-by-week, we’ll be walking through the steps to envision, plan and implement your very own Private Cloud to take your existing data center to the next level and give you the tools and time back in your day for improving IT services and being able to change and shift with your business / IT needs.


Harold Wong