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.
Microsoft Cloud Platform System
Cloud Platform System, powered by Dell, provides an Azure-consistent cloud-in-a-box, accelerating your journey to cloud with a factory-integrated solution and Microsoft single-point-of-contact support for the entire solution. CPS combines Microsoft’s proven software stack of Window Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure Pack, with Dell’s cloud server, storage and networking hardware. CPS shortens the time-to-value and enables a consistent cloud experience.
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 Microsoft 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.
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 Azure Services for Windows Server, Windows Server 2012, and System Center 2012 Service Pack 1.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.