Microsoft provides the most comprehensive approach to cloud computing, so that you can harness the full power of the cloud on your terms. Whether in your datacenter, with a service provider, or from Microsoft’s datacenters—and whether in a private cloud, public cloud, or software as a service environment—Microsoft provides the flexibility and control to consume IT as a service, whichever way best meets your unique business needs.
System center gives you an all-up picture of your public and private cloud.
Private cloud is the implementation of cloud services on resources that are dedicated to your organization, whether they exist on-premises or off-premises. With a private cloud, you get many of the benefits of public cloud computing—including self-service, scalability, and elasticity—with the additional control and customization available from dedicated resources. There are two models for cloud services that can be delivered in a private cloud: Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS). With IaaS, you can use infrastructure resources (compute, network, and storage) as a service, while PaaS provides a complete application platform as a service. Microsoft offers solutions that deliver IaaS and PaaS for both private and public cloud deployments.
Using the infrastructure as a service model, the Microsoft solution for private cloud, built on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and System Center, is a key part of Microsoft’s approach to cloud computing, enabling you to build out a dedicated cloud environment to transform the way your deliver IT services to the business. http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/en/us/private-cloud-get-started.aspx
Increased availability of virtualized datacenters through enhancements such as Live MigrationImproved management of virtualized datacenters through Powershell and System Center integrationIncreased performance and hardware support for Hyper-V virtual machines through support for up to 64 logical processors and processor compatibility modeImproved virtual networking performance through new networking technologiesSimplified deployments of physical and virtual computers through enhanced support for .vhd files
Increased Availability for Virtual Data CentersOne of the most important aspects of any data center is providing the highest possible availability for systems and applications. Virtual data centers are no exception to the need for consolidation, high availability and most of all sophisticated management tools. Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 includes the much-anticipated Live Migration feature, which allows you to move a virtual machine between two virtualization host servers without any interruption of service. The users connected to the virtual machine being moved might notice only a slight slowing in performance for a few moments. Otherwise, they will be unaware that the virtual machine was moved from one physical computer to another.Learn MoreCluster Shared Volumes (CSV)With Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V uses Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV) storage to simplify and enhance shared storage usage. CSV enables multiple Windows Servers to access SAN storage using a single consistent namespace for all volumes on all hosts. Multiple hosts can access the same Logical Unit Number (LUN) on SAN storage. CSV enables faster live migration and easier storage management for Hyper-V when used in a cluster configuration. Cluster Shared Volumes are available as part of the Windows Failover Clustering feature of Windows Server 2008 R2.Improved Cluster Node Connectivity Fault ToleranceBecause of the architecture of CSV, there is improved cluster node connectivity fault tolerance that directly affects virtual machines (VMs) running on the cluster. The CSV architecture implements a mechanism, known as dynamic I/O redirection, where I/O can be rerouted within the failover cluster based on connection availability.Enhanced Cluster Validation ToolWindows Server 2008 R2 includes a Best Practices Analyzer (BPA) for all major server roles, including Failover Clustering. This analyzer examines the best practices configuration settings for a cluster and cluster nodes. Dynamic VM storageWindows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V supports hot plug-in and hot removal of storage. By supporting the addition or removal of Virtual Hard Drive (VHD) files and pass-through disks while a VM is running, Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V makes it possible to reconfigure VMs quickly to meet changing workload requirements. This feature allows the addition and removal of both VHD files and pass-through disks to existing SCSI controllers for VMs.Improved Management of Virtual Data CentersEven with all the efficiency gained from virtualization, virtual machines still need to be managed. The number of virtual machines tends to proliferate much faster than physical computers because machines typically do not require a hardware acquisition. Therefore, management of virtual data centers is even more imperative than ever before. Learn MoreWindows Server 2008 R2 includes the following improvements that will help you manage your virtual data center:Reduced effort for performing day-to-day Hyper-V administrative tasks by using the Hyper-V Management Console. Enhanced command-line interface and automated management of Hyper-V administrative tasks by using PowerShell cmdlets.Improved management of multiple Hyper-V servers in a virtual data center environment by using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. Increased Performance and Hardware Support for Hyper-V Virtual MachinesHyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 now supports up to 64 logical processors in the host processor pool. This is a significant upgrade from previous versions and allows not only greater VM density per host, but also gives IT administrators more flexibility in assigning CPU resources to VMs. Also new, Hyper-V processor compatibility mode for Live Migration allows Live Migration across different CPU versions within the same processor family, (e.g.”Intel Core 2-to-Intel Pentium 4” or “AMD Opteron-to-AMD Athlon”) enabling migration across a broader range of server host hardware.The new Hyper-V also adds performance enhancements that increase virtual machine performance and power consumption. Hyper-V now supports Second Level Address Translation (SLAT), which uses new features on today’s CPUs to improve VM performance while reducing processing load on the Windows Hypervisor and new Hyper-V VMs will also consume less power by virtue of the new Core Parking feature implemented into Windows Server 2008 R2. Improved Virtual Networking PerformanceThe new Hyper-V leverages several new networking technologies contained in Windows Server 2008 R2 to improve overall VM networking performance, including the Virtual Machine Queue (VMQ) feature. Learn MoreVMQ offloads the network routing and data copy processing by using hardware in a physical network interface card (NIC), such as multiple hardware receive queues and shared memory. Scalability is increased particularly for 10 GbE networks by taking advantage of the host’s multiple processors and distributing interrupts to them. The MAC address of the virtual NIC in the VM and an interrupt destination processor can be assigned to each hardware receive queue. The physical NIC puts the packet in the appropriate queue, eliminating the software routing overhead of the virtual switch. With shared memory, the physical NIC can use DMA to copy directly into the VM’s memory, thereby avoiding the extra memory copy by the virtual switch. With the combination of reduced routing overhead, distribution of interrupts, and DMA, VMQ reduces the host machine’s CPU utilization, increases network throughput and improves the scalability of Hyper-V based servers.Simplified Method for Physical and Virtual Computer DeploymentsHistorically, different methods have been used to deploy operating systems and applications to physical and virtual computers. For virtual computers, the .vhd file format has become a de facto standard for deploying and interchanging preconfigured operating systems and applications. Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2 supports two important updates concerning .vhd files.First, administrators can now add and remove vhd files, as well as pass-through disks attached to a virtual SCSI controller on a running VM, without requiring a reboot. This offers more flexibility when it comes to handling storage growth needs without requiring additional downtime. It also provides more flexibility in data center backup scenarios as well as new scenarios in complex Exchange and SQL Server deployments.Windows Server 2008 R2 also supports the ability to boot a computer from a .vhd file stored on a local hard disk. This allows you to use preconfigured .vhd files for deploying virtual and physical computers. This helps reduce the number of images you need to manage and provides an easier method for test deployment prior to deployment in your production environment.
Scalable virtualization and management across datacenter infrastructure and business-critical workloads through resource-poolingOptimized service delivery across virtual machines, applications, and services by extending existing investments in Microsoft technologiesImproved service reliability through standardized datacenter management processes with out-of-the-box, industry-certified, service-management workflows combined with orchestrated run book automationImproved business agility through IT in self-service mode, while enabling IT to retain control of your datacenter resourcesGreater flexibility to manage a wide range of heterogeneous datacenter requirements like multi-hypervisor and platform support, cross-platform monitoring, and more
The Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal, built on top of Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and System Center, is a free, extensible, turnkey solution that empowers datacenters to dynamically pool, allocate, and manage resources to enable on premises private cloud computing. Using this solution, you can create agile, virtualized infrastructures and facilitate business agility, operational efficiencies, and reduced management complexity.
Windows Azure™ platform appliance is a turnkey cloud platform that customers can deploy in their own datacenter, across hundreds to thousands of servers. The Windows Azure platform appliance consists of Windows Azure, SQL Azure and a Microsoft-specified configuration of network, storage and server hardware. This hardware will be delivered by a variety of partners. The appliance is designed for service providers, large enterprises and governments and provides a proven cloud platform that delivers breakthrough datacenter efficiency through innovative power, cooling and automation technologies.
The appliance is currently in Limited Production Release to a small set of customers and partners. We will develop our roadmap depending on what we learn from this set of customers and partners. We have no additional details to share at this time. Who is using the appliance?Dell, eBay, Fujitsu and HP intend to deploy the appliance in their datacenters to offer new cloud services.
To help you deploy commercial private and public clouds based on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, System Center, and related products, Microsoft offers a set of programs and initiatives called Hyper-V Cloud. These programs can help you:Build your own private cloud with help from the Hyper-V Cloud Deployment Guides and Hyper-V Cloud partners.Get a pre-validated private cloud configuration from Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track OEM partners. Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track partners have worked with Microsoft to combine hardware and software offerings based on a reference architecture for building private clouds.Find a service provider in the Hyper-V Cloud Service Provider Program who can host a dedicated private cloud for you.
Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track partner offerings provide flexibility and choice while reducing risk and increasing the speed of deployment. http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/en/us/hyperv-cloud-fasttrack.aspx
Interested in a hosted private cloud infrastructure? Find a partner in the Hyper-V Cloud Service Provider Program who can host a dedicated private cloud for you.
What is the Private Cloud?<br />Resources dedicated to your organization<br />Additional control<br />Customization<br />Similar to Public Cloud<br />Self-service<br />Scalability<br />Elasticity<br />Two models<br />PaaS<br />IaaS<br />
Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V<br />Consolidate multiple server roles as separate virtual machines (VMs) running on a single physical machine<br />Run multiple, different operating systems—Windows, Linux, and others—in parallel, on a single server<br />Fully leverage the power of x64 computing<br />
What’s New in Hyper-V<br />Increased availability for virtualized data centers<br />Improved management of virtualized data centers<br />Increased Performance and Hardware Support for Hyper-V Virtual Machines<br />Improved Virtual Networking Performance<br />A simplified method for physical and virtual computer deployments by using .vhd files<br />
System Center<br />Scalable virtualization and management<br />Optimized service delivery <br />Improved service reliability <br />Improved business agility<br />Greater flexibility <br />
Windows Azure Appliance<br />Offer scale-out applications, platform-as-a-service or software-as-a-service in your own datacenter. <br />Deploy a proven cloud platform that can scale to tens of thousands of servers. <br />Leverage the benefits of the Windows Azure platform in your own datacenter while maintaining physical control, data sovereignty and regulatory compliance.<br />
Windows Azure Appliance Roadmap<br />Limited production release<br />Will be offered by Dell, eBay, Fujitsu and HP <br />