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So you’ve had an earful about cloud computing and you’ve read all about it. You’ve decided that maybe private cloud is something that you need to look into. Maybe you’ve read through the entire Reference Architecture for Private Cloud and get what the difference is between a private cloud and a traditional data center. You even understand that private cloud is more than just a highly virtualized infrastructure and know that some applications might not be a best fit for private cloud while other applications have been waiting for private cloud.
If some or all of this is true, you’re probably curious about how do you build a private cloud infrastructure. What are the hardware and software requirements and how to you put the whole thing together?
One answer is the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track. What is Private Cloud Fast Track? The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Program is a joint effort between Microsoft and several private cloud hardware partners. The goal of the Private Cloud Fast Track program is to help you decrease the time, complexity, and risk of implementing a Microsoft private cloud.
The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast guidance includes:
Reference implementation guidance We’ve tested the configurations in the lab and validated this guidance for implementing multiple Microsoft products and technologies with hardware that meets specific hardware requirements that are vendor-agnostic. You can use this information to implement a private cloud infrastructure with hardware you already own or plan to purchase.
The Fast Track document set consists of the following:
Reference implementations Microsoft hardware partners define physical architectures with compute, network, storage, and value-added software components that meet (or exceed) the minimum hardware requirements defined in the reference implementation documents. Each reference implementation is validated by Microsoft and made available for you to purchase. Further details can be found by reading the information at Private Cloud How To Buy.
You have the choice of building the solution by using the reference implementation documents or you can purchase a reference implementation from a Microsoft hardware partner that couples the guidance with optimized hardware configurations. Although both options decrease the time, cost, and risk in implementing private clouds, purchasing a reference implementation from a Microsoft hardware partner will result in the fastest, lowest-risk solution. This is because all of the hardware and software best practices have been determined by both Microsoft and hardware partners’ engineering teams. With all of this up front work having been done for you it might prove to be the most inexpensive option for your organization.
Tom Tom Shinder email@example.com Principal Knowledge Engineer, SCD iX Solutions Group Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/tshinder Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/tshinder
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Thank you for posting this Tom! We've worked long and hard on this program and corresponding guidance. We are now in phase 3 which will leverage Windows Server 2012 & System Center 2012 SP1. We welcome any and all feedback!
Thanks, Cloud server works best to deploy anything to any site.
Nice post. Is there a plan to update the reference architecture for Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012?
Indeed, we are working on the reference architecture now which will leverage Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1. We have to wait for SP1 to get the WS 2012 support. Thanks for the interest.
I am waiting eagerly on publishing of updated documentation for win 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1
I am training for Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 and Private Cloud by Microsoft. It is going perfect but Microsoft support for deployment services is not enough to mention. I hope Microsoft with bring training environment on cloud for new comers.