For enterprise IT, private cloud is becoming the next big thing to build upon virtualization. Just review any technical media and you will find private cloud is mentioned and discussed over and over again. While many may argue that highly virtualized computing is a private cloud, there are fundamentally different. One key idea of private cloud is a service-based deployment, as opposed to virtualization which is a virtual machine-focused roll-out. The significance of private cloud in many aspects of IT will become immediately apparent once you have a chance to build and test one. I highly encourage you to take opportunities and download the listed trial software, practice, and become familiar with the basic admin of Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 to best prepare yourself. The technologies are already there and the opportunity has arrived for you to become the next private cloud expert.
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