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Windows Server 2012 Storage Space is an abstraction to present specified storage capacity of a group of physical disks as if the capacity is from one logical entity called a storage pool. The process is to group selected physical disks into a container, the so-called storage pool, such that the total capacity collectively presented by those associated physical disks can appear and become manageable as a single and seemingly continuous space. Subsequently a storage administrator creates a virtual disk based on a storage pool, configure a storage layout which is essentially a RAID level, and expose the storage of the virtual disk as a drive letter or a mapped folder in Windows Explorer. With multiple disks presented collectively as one logical entity, i.e., a storage pool, Windows Server 2012 can act as a RAID controller for configuring a virtual disk based on the st... (more)

[video] Private Cloud with @Accelerite | @CloudExpo #API #SDS #DataCenter

"We have several customers now running private clouds. They're not as large as they should be but it's getting there. The adoption challenge has been pretty simple. Look at the world today of virtualization vs cloud - most of the spend in the world has either been in public cloud and then there's virtualization," stated Nara Rajagopalan, CEO of Accelerite, in this SYS-CON.tv interview at 18th Cloud Expo, held June 7-9, 2016, at the Javits Center in New York City, NY. @ThingsExpo - The World's Largest 'Internet of Things' Event, November 1-3, 2016, at the Santa Clara Convention Center! Secrets of Sponsors and Exhibitors ▸ Here Secrets of Cloud Expo Speakers ▸ Here All major researchers estimate there will be tens of billions devices - computers, smartphones, tablets, and sensors - connected to the Internet by 2020. This number will continue to grow at a rapid pace ... (more)

Step-by-Step: Build Linux VMs in the Cloud with Windows Azure

The Windows Azure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) offering supports running Windows virtual machines and Linux virtual machines in the Cloud. In this article, I provide step-by-step guidance for running a new Linux virtual machine in the cloud using our Windows Azure platform. Linux? That’s right, Linux! Windows Azure runs Linux VMs as a first-class citizen on our cloud platform, with support in the Preview offering for four common Linux distributions: SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) 11 SP2 OpenSUSE 12.1 CentOS 6.3 Ubuntu 12..04.1 and 12.10 The best news is … you can try this out for FREE by signing up for a FREE Windows Azure 90-day Trial of our Virtual Machine Preview. Do It: Sign up for your FREE Windows Azure 90-Day Trial Account so that you can follow along with the steps in this article. NOTE: When activating your FREE Trial for Windows Azure, you will be ... (more)

Software-Defined Networks - Is the Hypervisor Your Next Router?

In the world of virtualized datacenters, many of us have long enjoyed the ability to abstract application workloads from the underlying physical server infrastructure by virtualizing those workloads inside VM's running atop a hypervisor, such as Microsoft Hyper-V or VMware vSphere. This has proved to be a valuable approach for reducing the cost and complexity of provisioning new application workloads, as many organizations have benefited from improvements in application agility, disaster recovery, ease of migration and consolidated server hardware. Software-Defined Networking (SDN), sometimes referred to as Network Virtualization, expands the level of datacenter abstraction provided by a hypervisor to include not just discrete VM workloads, but entire networks that are virtualized atop an existing physical network infrastructure - extending many of the benefits real... (more)

CRAM the Cloud: Creating Resilient Application Migration

Cloud Expo® New York Early Bird Savings here! As businesses aspire to move more and more application workloads outside of the boundaries of their private cloud data centers, public cloud service providers are increasingly implementing a private cloud staple: resiliency. In his session at 14th Cloud Expo, John Roese, SVP and Chief CTO at EMC Corporation, will summarize the key architectural tenets of resilient private cloud architectures. These tenets can be implemented in any service provider cloud implementation, regardless of hypervisor choice (e.g., VMware, Hyper-V, Xen), cloud orchestration software (e.g., vSphere, OpenStack), network implementation (e.g., SDN, NFV), or storage implementation (file, block, object). A resilient public cloud will naturally attract increased workload migration, and the rest of the session will describe foundational technologies tha... (more)

Private Cloud Is Not the Cloud: Amazon CTO

"We have been listening very closely to the real requirements that our customers have and have worked closely with many...CIOs and their teams to understand what solution would allow them to treat the cloud as a seamless extension of their datacenter," wrote Amazon's VP & CTO, Werner Vogels, in a blog posting yesterday on the 3rd anniversary of the launch of Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) - the date chosen by Amazon also to launch its new Virtual Private Cloud, or Amazon VPC. Dr Vogels keynoted SYS-CON's 2nd International Cloud Computing Expo Vogels writes about the many conversations he has had with CIOs around the globe: "They have bought into the cloud as a target for a significant portion of their services, as the benefits are too obvious to ignore, and most expect that their transition will be a continuous process. They would accelerate the adoption o... (more)

Microsoft and HP to Tap into Private Cloud Market

Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard have teamed up on a three-year $250 million partnership to bring about the “next generation computing platform” called HP private cloud. They will be working towards a combined cost effective IT solution encompassing varying levels of hardware, software, and professional services for business applications. The idea seems to be to bundle up a complete virtualization and systems management offering that would work in mega data centers and cloud providing centers. The joint stack would leverage existing products from both companies while plans are also underway for new ones. Microsoft which has already jumped head long into cloud with its public cloud services Azure, is now looking to take on private cloud with HP by its side. Private cloud is a proprietary network that implements cloud strategies behind a firewall and therefore protects ... (more)

Private Clouds: Old Wine in a New Bottle

I recently read a Bank of America Merrill Lynch report about cloud computing, and they described private clouds as "old wine in a new bottle." I think they nailed it! The report points out that a typical private cloud set-up looks much the same as the infrastructure components currently found in a corporate data center, with virtualization added to the mix. While the virtualization provides somewhat better server utilization, the elasticity and efficiency available in the public cloud has private clouds beat by a mile. In short, the term "private cloud" is usually just a buzzword for virtualized internal environments that have been around for years. By replicating existing data center architectures, they also recreate the same cost and maintenance issues that cloud computing aims to alleviate. Despite their limitations, there is still a lot of industry talk about c... (more)

The Private Cloud Debate Is Building Up Steam, But Is It Worth Having?

Slowly but steadily the debate in the blogosphere about private clouds is increasing. Now it is always good to see some debate, but is this a debate worth having? Will the cloud long term not be about other things than who owns a machine? Under provocative titles like “Private cloud discredited, part 1”  and “Do We Really Need Private Clouds?”  the private cloud debate is building up steam. The first blog is actually called “part 1” because the author is sure there will be a part two, given the raging emotions and all the opinions being aired. The second one is part of a very readable guest series by IT analyst avant la lettre Robin Bloor at Cloud Commons. Cloud Commons is a cloud consumer rating service community site, like consumersearch.com and epinions.com but for cloud products and services, that CA Technologies helped initiate. Now it is always good to see deba... (more)

Security Concerns with Private Cloud on TechNet Radio (Part 1)

In today's episode Sr. IT Pro Evangelists Blain Barton and Dan Stolts talk candidly about Security concerns and issues many IT Pros and organizations face today when thinking about Cloud Computing. Tune in as they discuss the Security Lifecycle, from assessing physical vulnerabilities within your company to how to defend your IT infrastructure as well as your data in the cloud. You can found the video and audio of the TechNet Radio show at: TechNet Radio: IT Time - Private Cloud Security Basics (Part 1) Security Concerns Private Cloud Security in the datacenter Physical Security Wireless Security Public Cloud o Certificates; Public keys; Private keys Planning is vital Security Life Cycle Business Continuity and Disaster Preparation Vulnerability Assessment Loss of Data Hacking Internal compromise Denial of Service DoS Biometrics Cameras Security PLAN Much, much more... (more)

Get Certified on MCSE Private Cloud with this Step-by-Step Study Guide

This month, I spent a fair amount of time preparing for the new Microsoft Private Cloud Certification Exam 70-246, Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 and I saved links to all the study resources that I used to study and pass this exam as a step-by-step Exam Study Guide for anyone else who may be interested in targeting this exam. Exam 70-246 is the final exam needed to complete the MCSE Private Cloud certification track.  The complete requirements for the MCSE Private Cloud track include: Achieve MCSA:Windows Server 2008 If you were previously certified as an MCITP on Windows Server 2008, you may be closer than you realize to achieving this certification requirement!  MCITP’s were grandfathered into the MCSA program automatically when the new MCSA program was introduced earlier this year.  Check your MCP Transcript at http://www.microso... (more)