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  • Blog Post: Private Cloud Concepts

    This post is part of a series which outlines the Context , Principles , and Concepts which formulate the basis of a holistic Private Cloud approach. Each post gives a framing for the next so they are best read in order. The following concepts are abstractions or strategies that support the principles...
  • Blog Post: The Journey to the Private Cloud Part 3 – The Infrastructure Layer

    Happy Monday private cloud architecture blog fans! We start the week on a good foot with a great contribution from one of our private cloud architecture thought leaders – Vincent Montalbano. Vincent is doing a series called “Journey to the Private Cloud” and he’s going over the key architectural issues...
  • Blog Post: Automation–System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Best Practice Series–Reduce Buried Logic

    Hey Readers, welcome back to another post in the series on Orchestrator Best Practices .  In my previous post Automation–System Center 2012 – Orchestrator Best Practice Series–Naming Conventions , I talked about Runbook and folder naming best practices as well as lightly touching on a concept called...
  • Blog Post: Context for Private Cloud

    Admittedly I said our next post would be the Principles and Concepts of Private Cloud computing. However, without any context it may be pre-mature. But don’t worry, there will be rapid-fire content for a while. So next up is Principles and Concepts, but first, what is the context in which we are architecting...
  • Blog Post: Private Cloud Principles

    Microsoft’s approach is evolved from its own experience of operating large data centers around the world. In its capacity as a data center operator, Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services (GFS) provides the infrastructure used for Microsoft’s internal Enterprise IT Services and the infrastructure used...
  • Blog Post: System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 as Private Cloud Enabler (3/5): The Power of Service Templates

    A primary focus of private cloud is service delivery. In contrast to the traditional datacenter approach to application deployment, maintenance and troubleshooting, private cloud refocuses our attention to the service that is actually being consumed by the user of the service. When you take a service...
  • Blog Post: Monitoring The Enchanted Cloud

    A recurring theme in our discussions about cloud computing is that cloud computing is all about the app and service delivery. While we all think we’re providing a service to our users, our focus in a traditional data center is to keep the lights running and a byproduct of those running lights is the...