There’s been a lot of talk recently about Cloud Computing; what it is, how it works, who’s going to provide what and so on, and personally, I think things are starting to make more sense now.  Microsoft’s recently shown it’s hand (or I guess, some of it!) with Azure at the Pro Developers Conference 2009, and explained that it won’t just be a platform for developers, but will also provide IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) – I think for a lot of people, the IaaS bit came as a bit of a surprise, but, what a lot of people have to accept, is that not everyone is going to want to push their infrastructure into the cloud on day one.  There will be some organisations that will go for it, full steam ahead, whereas others will run a hybrid of cloud and on-premise infrastructure, with technologies like Hosted Exchange enabling this.  Then there’s the other guys.  The guys that still want to run an pure on-premise infrastructure, with their own ‘private cloud’ if you will.  This post is for those guys.  The Partners who want to continue to deploy on-premise, private clouds.

So, what’s it all about?

Well, rather than re-invent the wheel, there’s a comprehensive post over on the Dynamic Data Center Alliance Blog that details the key capabilities of the DDC Toolkit, so don’t just take my word for it – have a read!

MGT43PAL: Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Enterprise

Presented by Luis Camara Manoel and Isaac Roybal

Friday, December 11th 2009 - 17:30 - 18:30 GMT (Click here to calculate your local time)

Microsoft Windows Server and System Center families of products are enabling customers to build the foundation for a private cloud infrastructure by using the Dynamic Data Center Toolkit for Enterprises.  Beta is scheduled for release in January (RTM availability scheduled for early Q2/CY10).  This FREE, partner-extensible toolkit will provide architectural and deployment guidance, best practices and familiar tools to create agile, virtualised IT infrastructures. Attend this session to learn about the toolkit components and be the first to provide partners in-depth knowledge of this new toolkit.


Register here.