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Explore the Private Cloud

A private cloud is a pool of computing resources delivered as a standardized set of services that are specified, architected, and controlled by a particular enterprise. The path to a private cloud is often driven by the need to maintain control of the delivery environment because of application maturity, performance requirements, and regulatory or business differentiation.

Cloud Attributes

The following key attributes are common across both public and private cloud deployment models.

Resource pooling — in a private cloud core resources such as computing, storage, and network are implemented as a resource pool. This enables dynamic provisioning of applications and services.
Self service — once resources are pooled, applications and resources are delivered as services. Consumers of these services can request, configure, and manage these IT services as they see fit through an administrative portal that allows automated provisioning.
Elasticity — because resources are pooled, they can be expanded or diminished through automation or workflow processes resulting in an environment with resources that scale up or down to meet changing business or usage needs.
Usage based — With resources as services, usage can be metered so that one only pays for the resources that are actually being consumed.

Private Cloud Overview and Related Topics

Private Cloud Overview for IT Managers

For a high-level overview from the perspective of the IT manager, please read the Microsoft Private Cloud Overview.

Migrating to Hybrid Cloud

Microsoft’s TechNet and MSDN are migrating to Windows Azure and operating in a mode that can be described as Hybrid Cloud with certain capabilities still on-premises.  Get a detailed technical overview of this in the new paper “ Migrating Microsoft TechNet and MSDN to Hybrid Cloud using Windows Azure”.