In the summer, Keith Mayer, Mitch Tulloch, and I have just published a new book on Hybrid Cloud Management with System Center 2012 R2 App Controller, titled Microsoft System Center: Cloud Management with App Controller. As part of a series of specialized guides on System Center, this book focuses on using App Controller to manage virtual machines and services across private and public clouds.

Inside this book …

Cloud Management with App Controller

Introduction

Chapter 1: App Controller Essentials

Chapter 2: Managing Private Clouds

Chapter 3: Managing Public Clouds

Chapter 4: Managing Hybrid Clouds

Chapter 5: Automating App Controller

Additional Resources

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From the book …

Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 App Controller is uniquely positioned as both an enabler and a self-service vehicle for connecting clouds and implementing the hybrid computing model. In Microsoft’s cloud computing solutions, both System Center and Windows Azure play critical roles. System Center can be used to transform enterprise IT from a device-based  infrastructure and deployment strategy to a service-based user-centric consumption model based on private cloud computing. Windows Azure on the other hand is a subscription-based public cloud platform that enables the development, deployment, and management of cloud solutions. App Controller is the glue that unifies these two platforms by providing a single interface that enables administrators to perform complex operations without overwhelming them with the underlying technical complexities involved.

This book serves as an introduction to implementing and managing the hybrid computing solutions using App Controller. It describes the basic concepts, processes, and operations involved in connecting, consuming, and managing resources that are deployed both on and off premises. Each chapter provides a concise, self-contained walkthrough for a specific aspect of managing private, public, and hybrid clouds using App Controller.

While cloud computing is still evolving, the hybrid approach will likely continue to emerge as the go-to IT computing model for the foreseeable future. Using App Controller to strategically connect both on-premises System Center private clouds with off-premises deployments in both Windows Azure and third-party cloud hosting providers enables new scenarios, develops new possibilities, and offers  exciting new opportunities that can help IT transition better into the next generation of enterprise computing.

Additional Resources

In addition to this book, you may also find the following additional resources helpful when building a Hybrid Cloud solution using Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V, Windows Azure and System Center 2012 R2:

I hope this book and the resources above serve as useful references to you as you begin to explore the world of Hybrid Cloud management.

See you all in the clouds!