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Getting Started With Cloud and Datacenter Solutions

Resources for IT Professionals who want to architect, plan, and implement private cloud, hybrid cloud, and datacenter solutions with Microsoft technologies.



Find out more about Microsoft's technical perspective on private and hybrid cloud scenarios, as well as key definitions that help set a common understanding before exploring cloud and datacenter architecture and solutions.



Architect and Plan

Architectural models, principles, patterns, and design considerations that drive best practice based solution design.



Guidance for designing, implementing, and operating relevant cloud and datacenter solutions.



Connect with others in the community to share your knowledge and learn from others. Get recommendations and technical information from Microsoft’s technical community.



What's New?

BYOD Design Considerations Presentation scheduled for TechEd 2014

  • This session will cover key considerations that should be taken when you are designing your BYOD strategy.

Windows Server 2012 R2 is available. Try it now!

New Bring Your Own Device TechNet Radio series with Yuri Diogenes and Kevin Remde


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Architecture Track at TechEd 2013

If you missed TechEd 2013, you can watch the architecture track presentations that were sponsored by the Cloud Solutions team.

The complete list of TechEd architecture track videos that are currently available can be found here.

Cloud OS Video Series

The Cloud OS Video series is a collection of videos that help you understand the technology, deployment, and management of the Cloud OS leveraging Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1.


Download: Microsoft System Center Private Cloud Evaluation Software

Microsoft System Center Private Cloud Evaluation Software includes System Center 2012 SP1 plus an optional Windows Server 2012 download.


Microsoft Virtual Academy

MVA provides courses on the Microsoft private cloud that will help you develop an understanding of Microsoft’s vision for cloud computing -- from the business perspective to the technical level.


TechNet Virtual Lab: System Center 2012 SP1 Lab 3 - Private Cloud

This lab will guide you through how to deploy a failover cluster, configure user roles, create a dashboard view, configure advanced cluster settings, and design a multi-tier service template.

New TechNet Radio series on hybrid cloud

Check out the new multi-part series on how you can build your hybrid cloud environment with Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Azure: