Microsoft Private Cloud – Now

Last week at an event hosted by System Center specialists – Inframon, I had a chance to see some private cloud action presented by Sean Roberts and Simon Skinner.

This was a great presentation on Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 and Hyper-V fail-over clustering.

I’ll move on to the cloud bit shortly, but I will briefly mention my enjoyment in watching an in-use firewall/proxy live migration.  I do like that, it always works when I need to do this, except when I need to show someone Smile!

On to the portal

A few months ago I briefly reviewed this but not being able to put it to use left to the side.  Now though having seen it again I’m rather interested.  I did not know about the extent of integration being made available by Microsoft Partners such as:

* Citrix Integration Pack for Self-Service Portal

* Compellent Solution Pack for Self-Service Portal

* F5 Solution for Self-Service Portal

* HP services using Self-Service Portal

* Intel Cloud Builder Guide: Cloud Design and Deployment on Intel Platforms

* NetApp ApplianceWatch PRO 2.1.1

* VKernel Chargeback with Hyper-V

This is really looking quite exciting. The portal is feature rich, but if you wanted to go the whole hog you might want to add process automation and workflow to give you elasticity in your private cloud.  Charge-back will help with billing infrastructure costs to your departments too.

Private cloud summary?

I always hear people saying the Microsoft story is about products that are coming out in the future.  There are tools available now to help with cost reduction in the modern datacentre. The new portal is a free download available on the product page here.

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Posted on November 14, 2010 at 10:22 pm by Ronnie · Permalink
In: Virtualization