Windows Azure Pack terminology


Updated: October 17, 2013

Applies To: Windows Azure Pack

The following terms are used in Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server.


In Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server, an optional service that is offered by a hosting service provider that can be added to a service plan.

Billing adapter

A billing adapter is software written by a cloud service provider to capture tenant usage data and recent event notification from a Windows Azure Pack installation. The data captured is then used to calculate tenant billing information or used for analytics processing.


A collection of standard and reusable virtual machine roles that a tenant of a hosting service provider can receive as part of a service plan to provision their virtual machines. Gallery items can include base operating system images as well as images with preinstalled applications.

Hosting service provider

A service provider that offers scalable infrastructure services to multiple customers.

Management portal for administrators

The Windows Azure Pack portal interface used by hosting service providers to configure and manage resource clouds; user accounts; and tenant offers, quotas and pricing.

Management portal for tenants

A customizable self-service portal that tenants use to subscribe to and manage services such as Web Sites, Virtual Machines, and Service Bus.


Defines a package of one or more services, and possibly resource usage quotas, that can be offered by a hosting service provider.


A collection of tasks and process steps that are performed in a given order to automate a business process.


An agreement by the customer of a hosting service provider to pay for selected plan services.


A tenant is a subscriber, typically an organization, that uses the cloud services created and provisioned by a hosting service provider.