At TechEd Europe we announced our Private Cloud*  solution: Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud.

Hyper-V Cloud is a set of programs and offerings that makes it easier for businesses to build their own private cloud infrastructures using the Windows Server platform.

For ISVs, System Integrators and customers this is one more proof that Microsoft is All-In the Cloud supporting both public cloud and cloud-based services such as Windows Azure and Office 365 as well as the creation of on-premises clouds that live in customer and partner data centers.

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Dell Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Hitachi Ltd., Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), HP, IBM Corp. and NEC Corp. have already signed on as Hyper-V Cloud partners, and will be working with Microsoft to deliver prevalidated infrastructure and services that enable organizations to implement private clouds with increased speed and reduced risk. 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.

 

Microsoft is also investing in a set of engagements to help customers with IaaS assessments, proofs-of-concept, and deployments with help from our partners or Microsoft Services. The investments are designed to help reduce the risk, cost, and time associated with testing and deploying a cloud environment. Deploying Microsoft’s private cloud infrastructure also positions you to take advantage of the Windows Azure public cloud platform through powerful identity, development, and management tools. These tools span across private and public cloud environments so that you can more easily build, migrate, or extend out to the public cloud and benefit from virtually unlimited scale and even greater efficiencies whenever you need it.

 

* For those who need a refresher: A 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 the widest range of solutions that deliver IaaS and PaaS for both private and public cloud deployments.
 
Bill Zack


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