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Solutions and Design Guidance

Solutions provide a clear definition of the scenario or customer problem being addressed and then the relevant design, implementation, and operations guidance.  Some guidance on this page is focused on only the solution design and although it does not have implementation details, it is still valuable in helping create your solutions.

 

 

 

 

Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Solution for Enterprise IT

The Hybrid Cloud Infrastructure Solution for Enterprise IT article set helps you plan, design, and implement a hybrid cloud computing infrastructure. The articles detail the end-to-end process of creating a hybrid cloud infrastructure using vendor-agnostic hardware and Microsoft products and technologies, including Windows Server 2012 platform capabilities and Windows Azure. The guidance will also help you understand the critical decisions you need to make before you embark on a hybrid cloud infrastructure project, and it includes a number of insights on how to avoid common problems, based on our experience of testing the design implementation. We have also created an Overview video that provides a quick introduction to the solution and will help you understand how it will reduce the time it will take to build out your hybrid cloud infrastructure.

Technologies:Windows Server 2012 | Windows Azure Infrastructure Services
Guidance: Overview | Scenario Definition | Solution Design | Solution Implementation
Related: Design Considerations



 

 

 

Infrastructure as a Service Technical Guidance for Hosting Service Providers

Windows Server hosting is one of the largest and fastest growing cloud services opportunities for hosting service providers (HSPs). This document provides technical guidance and key considerations for HSPs that want to provide infrastructure as a service to their customers using Windows Azure Services for Windows Server, Windows Server 2012, and System Center 2012 Service Pack 1.

Technologies:Windows Server 2012 | System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 | Windows Azure Services for Windows Server
Guidance: Infrastructure as a Service Technical Guidance for Hosting Service Providers
Related: IaaS Product Line Architecture Fabric Architecture Guide | IaaS Product Line Architecture Fabric Management Architecture Guide | Windows Azure Services for Windows Server Installation Guide



 

 

 

SQL Server Business Continuity in a Hosted Environment Reference Architecture

Business continuity is the ability to weather the loss of hardware, an application, service, or an entire data center with little to no data loss. This hardware-agnostic guide provides guidance for building the infrastructure necessary for business continuity of Microsoft® SQL Server® databases from the point of view of a hosted service provider (HSP) and tenant. Reference architecture in this context refers to various templates SQL Server administrators might use in building a business continuity solution and provides a common language with which to discuss implementations.

Technologies:Windows Server 2012 | Microsoft SQL Server
Guidance: SQL Server Business Continuity in a Hosted Environment Reference Architecture
Related: IaaS Product Line Architecture Fabric Architecture Guide | IaaS Product Line Architecture Fabric Management Architecture Guide



 

 

 

Desktop Hosting Solution

This guidance is targeted at hosting providers who want to create secure, scalable, multi-tenant desktop hosting offerings using the latest virtualization technologies in Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1. It is optimized for small and medium-sized organizations who want to provide employees with hosted Windows desktops and applications that support workforce mobility and business expansion while controlling IT costs.

Technologies:Windows Server 2012 | System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 - Virtual Machine Manager
Guidance: Desktop Hosting Reference Architecture Guide
Related: IaaS Product Line Architecture Fabric Architecture Guide | IaaS Product Line Architecture Fabric Management Architecture Guide



 

 

 

Database as a Service Hosting Solution

This guidance is targeted at hosting providers who want to create secure, scalable, distributed, multi-tenant database service offerings using the latest virtualization technologies. It scales through small to large-sized organizations who want to provide consolidated, cost effective database services.

Technologies:SQL Server 2012 | SQL Server 2014 | Windows Server 2012 | System Center 2012 Service Pack 1
Guidance: Database as a Service Reference Architecture Guide: SQL 2012 | Database as a Service Reference Architecture Guide: SQL 2014
Related: IaaS Product Line Architecture Fabric Architecture Guide | IaaS Product Line Architecture Fabric Management Architecture Guide



 

 

 

Cloud Infrastructure Solution for Enterprise IT

This solution is targeted at enterprise organizations that want to build well architected virtualized infrastructure that will form the foundation of future private cloud solutions. The guidance is written with an understanding that before sophisticated concepts such as fabric management are addressed, the basic ability to deliver virtual machines in accordance with NIST characteristics should be in place. The solution is targeted at general purpose workloads that are compatible with virtualized compute, network, and storage environments and is not suitable for specialized I/O requirements.

Technologies:Windows Server 2012
Guidance: Design Options | Scenario Definition | Design Decisions | Implementation
Related: Behind the scenes of the cloud infrastructure solution for enterprise IT



 

 

Cloud Infrastructure Design Patterns

Windows Server 2012 has some new capabilities across compute, network, and storage that allow for more sophisticated Private Cloud infrastructure design patterns. This guidance defines some specific design patterns based on the new ability to converge networking and storage traffic to simplify solution design. Convergence has trade-offs and these are explored across the three design patterns described.

Technologies:Windows Server 2012
Guidance: Building your Cloud Infrastructure: Scenario Overview | Designing Cloud Infrastructure | Pattern 1: Non-converged Datacenter | Pattern 2: Converged Datacenter with File Server Storage | Pattern 3: Converged Datacenter without Dedicated Storage
Related: Let’s Build a Cloud with PowerShell



 

 

Private Cloud Fast Track

The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Program is a reference implementation for building private clouds that combines Microsoft software, consolidated guidance, and validated configurations with hardware partner computing power, network, and storage. The solution utilizes the core capabilities of the Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system, Hyper-V technology, and Microsoft System Center 2012 to deliver the building blocks of a private cloud infrastructure as a service offering.

Technologies:Windows Server 2008 R2 | System Center 2012
Guidance: Reference Architecture | Reference Deployment | Reference Operations
Related: Private Cloud Fast Track Program



 

 

Private Cloud Infrastructure as a Service

This material is targeted at enterprise organizations that want to build well architected virtualized infrastructure that will form the foundation of future private cloud solutions. The guidance is written with an understanding that before sophisticated concepts such as fabric management are addressed, the basic ability to deliver virtual machines in accordance with NIST characteristics should be in place. The solution is targeted at general purpose workloads that are compatible with virtualized compute, network, and storage environments and is not suitable for specialized I/O requirements. 

Technologies:General design guidance
Guidance: What is Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)? | Blueprint for Private Cloud IaaS | IaaS Self Service | IaaS Hardware Platform | IaaS Automation and Orchestration | IaaS Fabric Management | IaaS Service Monitoring and Manageable Applications
Related: TechNet Article: Architecting a Private Cloud



 

 

Private Cloud Security

This material provides planning and design guidance for Private Cloud with a specific focus on security. It provides design principles and uses NIST as a backdrop to discuss the security challenges faced in a variety of scenarios.

Technologies:General design guidance
Guidance: Cloud Computing Security Architecture | Blueprint for Private Cloud Security | Planning for Security in Operations | Designing for Private Cloud Security
Related: Private Cloud Security Overview Video