Customers often ask us for case studies and whitepapers that offer insight into actual implementations of Microsoft technology and services.  The following information is excerpted from a case study soon to be published on Microsoft.com.  The customer is Telefónica, S.A and they are migrating thousands of servers to a Hybrid-Cloud solution.

During Brad Anderson’s keynote in TechEd Europe, he highlighted one of the customers transforming their datacenter using a hybrid cloud approach.  Telefónica, one of the world’s largest telecommunications providers, is making sweeping changes in how it delivers IT services to the business. The telecommunications industry is quickly changing rapidly and to ensure they have the optimal infrastructure to support the business they are using a hybrid private-public cloud strategy based on Microsoft software.

The company decided to build a 15,000-meter Tier 4 data center in Madrid, Spain, and consolidate its 27 European data centers—containing approximately 18,000 physical servers—into this state-of-the-art, highly reliable data center where they will consolidate to just 1,600 physical servers. A Tier IV data center (as defined by the Telecommunications Infrastructure Standard for Data Centers) provides 99.995 percent uptime by making extensive use of redundant components and a fault-tolerant infrastructure.

Its private cloud, based on Windows Server 2012 with the Hyper-V technology, is the cornerstone of a new Tier 4 Madrid data center.   Soon, it will link this private cloud to Windows Azure, the Microsoft public cloud service, to give the business tremendous flexibility in where it runs its IT workloads. With a hybrid-cloud strategy, Telefónica can deliver IT services to the business in days instead of months and make them far more reliable.

As Adrian Steel, Global Infrastructure & Production Lead at Telefónica says, “As we go on this spectacular journey if you imagine a vision of 18,000 servers virtualized in a world-class data center, on a world-class platform, fundamentally, with all the data in one location, supporting a Telefonica hybrid cloud vision with a Microsoft cloud OS vision, actually these things mean that anything is possible.”

Stay tuned for more information.  We’ll let you know when the full case study and other supporting materials are published on Microsoft.com. In the meantime, you can get a closer look at  Telefónica in this video below.

Other news from around the blog network

In other news released today from TechEd Europe, the Windows Server team takes another look at software-defined networking in Part 2 of Transforming your Datacenter with Software-Defined Networking, a follow up post to Part 1, originally released during TechEd North America.  In addition, Team SQL Server provides a closer look at AlwaysOn in SQL Server 2014 CTP1 in their newly released blog.   

If you are interested in learning more about Hybrid-Cloud solutions and technologies, please visit http://microsoft.com/server-cloud.  More Hybrid-Cloud information was shared by Microsoft Vice President, Brad Anderson at TechEd Europe 2013 on June 25th at 9am (Madrid time).  The on-demand replay of the, “The Cloud OS: It’s Time!” keynote is now available. 

Product previews

The product previews Brad announced are all available on the TechNet Evaluation Center.  Additional information is available in our blog post from earlier this week.  Enjoy!