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Windows Azure Pack architecture

Updated: October 17, 2013

Applies To: Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server

Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server is made up of several required and optional components. This architectural overview provides suggested machine topologies for these components in both an express and distributed deployments.

The names provided for the various machines are examples listed in Windows Azure Pack machine naming conventions.

You can install the Windows Azure Pack: Portal and API Express from the Web Platform Installer to create a proof of concept deployment. For instructions on how to do this, see Install an express deployment of Windows Azure Pack. In an Express deployment, all of the Windows Azure Pack required components are installed on the same machine. You should then install at least one optional component on additional machines. The express deployment should not be used in a production environment.

Express deployment sample architecture

In a distributed deployment, you can install the required components on up to 8 machines. For instructions on how to install a distributed deployment, see Install a distributed deployment of Windows Azure Pack. You should then install at least one optional component on additional machines. A distributed deployment can be used in a production environment. The following diagram shows a basic distributed architecture of required components for a system designed to provide services to external customers.

Basic distributed architecture

The following diagram depicts the suggested minimal architecture for a distributed deployment. For instructions on how to install a distributed deployment, see Install a distributed deployment of Windows Azure Pack. You should then install at least one optional component on additional machines.

Windows Azure Pack distirbuted deployment

The following diagram shows a distributed deployment using load balancers and failover clusters with scaling information. For instructions on how to install a distributed deployment, see Install a distributed deployment of Windows Azure Pack. You should then install at least one optional component on additional machines.

Windows Azure Pack distributed architecture
 
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