What is Cloud?

Cloud Computing is the on-demand delivery of standardized IT services on shared resources, enabling IT to be more reliable through greater elasticity and scale, end-users to accelerate access to their IT needs through self-service, and the business to be more efficient through usage-based and SLA-driven services.


What Is a 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 Solution for IaaS in a Private Cloud

Using the infrastructure as a service model, the Microsoft solution for private cloud, built on Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 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 you deliver IT services to the business.



Windows Server 2008 R2 (Datacenter edition recommended due to unlimited virtualization use rights) with Hyper-V

Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

Microsoft Forefront

Microsoft SQL Server 2008


Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager
Self-Service Portal


Other Microsoft System Center family software:

  • Operations Manager
  • Configuration Manager

Windows PowerShell 2.0


Microsoft Deployment Toolkit (MDT) 2010


Windows Deployment Services (WDS)



Hyper-V Based Cloud Solutions:

Hyper-V Deployment Guides - For customers that want to build their own private clouds on top of existing infrastructure investments,

Hyper-V Fast Track - For customers that need some level of customization but also want to help reduce risk and speed deployment, reference architectures can provide the perfect balance. Microsoft is collaborating with Dell Corp., Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM Corp. and NEC Corp. to deliver a broad choice of predefined, validated configurations for private cloud deployments

Hyper-V Cloud Service Providers - Service providers around the world offer infrastructure as a finished, fully hosted service built on Microsoft technology. This option delivers a fast, cost-effective implementation for cloud services, both private and public.


Microsoft Solution for PaaS in a Private Cloud

Microsoft is also using the power of Windows Azure to deliver a platform as a service private cloud with the Windows Azure Platform Appliance, a turnkey cloud platform that service providers, large enterprises and governments can deploy in their own datacenter, across hundreds to thousands of servers.