Cloud in Depth


So You have heard about Cloud before and sound knowledge about the service and how it works. We might want to focus on Cloud technology more on 2013.

2013 will be a good year and remarkable year for Microsoft which has launched its System Center 2012 and Windows Server 2012. Microsoft has prepared cloud ready technology and revamped MCSE certification including its new MCSE Private Cloud.

Ok so what is Private Cloud and how it differs from traditional LAN based data centre. The United States National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has put together a  definition that a number of cloud architects, designers,  implementers and service providers agree upon. The NIST definition of cloud computing, which applies to both public cloud and private cloud environments, requires that a cloud solution enable or provide the following:

  • On-demand self-service – The consumer of the cloud service should be able to obtain cloud services (such as compute, memory, network, and storage resources) using a self-service mechanism (such as a web portal) so that acquiring the service does not require human intervention by the Cloud Service Provider (CSP)
  • Broad network access – The cloud solution should be accessible from almost anywhere (when required) and also be accessible from multiple form factors, such as smart phones, tablet PCs, laptops, desktops, and any other form factor existing currently or in the future.
  • Resource pooling – The cloud solution should host a pool of shared resources that are provided to consumers of the cloud service. Resources such as compute, memory, network, and disk (storage) are allocated to consumers of the service from a shared pool. Resources are abstracted from their actual location, and consumers are unaware of the location of these resources.
  • Rapid elasticity – The cloud solution should provide for rapidly provisioning and release of resources as demand for the cloud service increases and decreases. This should be done automatically and without the need of human intervention. In addition, the consumer of the cloud service should have the perception that there is an unlimited resource pool so that the service is able to meet demands for virtually any use case scenario.
  • Metered services – Sometimes referred to as the “pay-as-you-go” model, the cloud solution must make it possible to charge the consumer of the cloud service an amount based on actual use of cloud resources. Resource usage is monitored, reported, and controlled by the CSP and by service policy, which delivers billing transparency to both the CSP and the consumer of the service.

Now We just realize that cloud computing is more than server virtualization , server consolidation or “online services” and that the key factors of self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, and metered services all work together to present a new paradigm for service delivery. When these principles are realized in the data center they transform the traditional data center into a private cloud.

Check Link below to check more private cloud infrastructure.

So how Microsoft Private Cloud will impact VMWare business ? We will discuss it on the next post.


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