The Next of Enterprise IT

Private Cloud

Subscribe to Private Cloud: eMailAlertsEmail Alerts newslettersWeekly Newsletters
Get Private Cloud: homepageHomepage mobileMobile rssRSS facebookFacebook twitterTwitter linkedinLinkedIn


Top Stories

"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)

Security Needs Revamping on Delivery Front to Evolve with Private Cloud

According to a recent report by Gartner, the shift to cloud environments must be accompanied by a parallel evolution in security procedures. Virtualization technology is generally the primary gateway for most businesses to step into private cloud. Security programs must become more "adaptive" to the cloud model where processes become disjointed from hardware equipment and provision dynamically. Gartner predicts that by 2015, 40 percent of the security controls used within enterprise data centers will be virtualized, up from less than 5 percent in 2010. To combat cyber threats, physical, network and virtualization-based segmentation of systems is created to achieve more user control. While the essential traits and goals of IT security such as ensuring the confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, access, and audit of our information and workloads - don't change, del... (more)

Windows Azure Offerings Are Expanded with New IaaS Offerings

On June 7th, Microsoft announced several new infrastructure-as-a-service offerings within the Windows Azure cloud that are now available as a customer preview: Windows Azure Virtual Machines, Virtual Network, Web Sites and Media Services.  A full release of these features is anticipated later this calendar year. In particular, the new Windows Azure Virtual Machine and Virtual Network capabilities offer increased flexibility in planning private cloud deployments through the introduction of "hybrid" scenarios that leverage both private and public cloud resources. Private Clouds, typically associated with on-premises managed fabrics of virtual resource pools, can be extended into the Windows Azure cloud securely and cost-effectively using these new features. Windows Azure Virtual Machines provide the flexibility to inexpensively run Windows and Linux workloads with ... (more)

Migrating to Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 from 2008 R2 and VMware vSphere

Hyper-V Server 2012 is Microsoft's completely free type-1 hypervisor product.  Unlike some other competing free hypervisors, Hyper-V Server 2012 has the same virtualization scale and availability features as the Hyper-V role in licensed editions of Windows Server 2012, but it's optimized for running only the Hyper-V hypervisor on bare metal.  It's a great solution when you're looking to deploy dedicated hypervisor hosts within your shop.  The result?  An enterprise-scale type-1 hypervisor for FREE! You can get more details on Hyper-V Server 2012 here. Recently, I was involved in a project that was migrating from Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 to Hyper-V Server 2012.  Due to architectural changes involved in implementing the new features in Hyper-V Server 2012, a direct in-place upgrade is not possible.  However, the across-the-wire migration process we used below was strai... (more)

Step-by-Step: Building a Hyper-V Server 2012 Cluster - Part 1 of 2

Overhead at one of my recent IT Pro events: “The FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 sounds AWESOME! With the same features and scalability as the Hyper-V role in the full Windows Server 2012 OS, I could really use this to virtualize my application workloads very cost effectively.  But … I need high availability too! HOW EASY IS IT TO CONFIGURE HYPER-V SERVER 2012 IN A CLUSTER? - Kris” Great question, Kris! Configuring our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 in a highly available cluster can be really easy.  In this article, I’ll step through the configuration of a Hyper-V host cluster configuration that uses Hyper-V Server 2012 so that you'll have the details to step through this process in your own lab environment. In Part 2 of this article series, I’ll finish up with the steps needed to provision and test a highly available virtual machine within your new cluster. Let’s start with a... (more)

An Introduction to Windows Azure Features

Windows Azure is a cloud OS. It is an infrastructure with computing, networking, and storage capacities; a global service publishing and distribution vehicle; and a security and system management framework capable of bridging and extending on-premise resources with those deployed in the cloud. With IaaS combined with the many features Windows Azure offers, the opportunities for enterprise IT as well as small and medium businesses are real and exciting to employ cloud as a delivery platform for LOB services including media and phone apps. Windows Azure combined with Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1 provide many options for IT to transition and transform existing establishments into a cloud-friendly, cloud-ready, and cloud-enabled environment. Deploying resources, migrating workloads, and expanding Active Directory to cloud have never been easier with so... (more)

Amazon Makes Virtual Private Clouds Its Default

Amazon has dropped more crumbs in the forest to entice the enterprise to ultimately abandon its own infrastructure for its doubtlessly cheaper public cloud. It's making its Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), which used to be separate service, a free default. It said in a blog that the announcement was so important "If you use or plan to use Amazon EC2, you need to read this post!" Undoubtedly VMware and other cloud merchants won't care much for this turn of events. Amazon is starting what it called its EC2-VPC roll-out in its regions in Sydney (Asia-Pacific) and São Paulo (South America). It'll branch out elsewhere in the next few weeks. The free offer is only open to new customers and accounts that haven't used those regions before. Existing AWS customers can try the new stuff if they create a new AWS account or pick a region they haven't used before. Amazon's Virtual... (more)

What's New in Hyper-V with Windows Server 2012 R2

Didn’t make it to TechEd this year? Don’t worry!  This month, we’ll be releasing a new article series that highlights the Best of TechEd announcements and technical information for IT Pros.  Today’s article focuses on enhancements in Hyper-V server virtualization in the upcoming Windows Server 2012 R2 release. Last week at TechEd 2013 North America, we announced Windows Server 2012 R2 – the next major release of Windows Server! We’ve already made significant virtualization improvements around Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 – across the board, including scale, availability, management, storage, networking – BUT there’s a TON of new and enhanced capabilities planned for Hyper-V in the forthcoming Windows Server 2012 R2 release. In this article, we’ll provide an overview of these enhancements. After you review these new capabilities, I’m sure you’ll see why the R2 rel... (more)

Windows Azure VMs - New "Stopped" VM Options Provide Flexibility

Didn’t make it to TechEd this year? Don’t worry. This month, we’ll be releasing a new article series that highlights the Best of TechEd announcements and technical information for IT Pros.  Today’s article focuses on a new, much-heralded enhancement to Windows Azure Infrastructure Services to make it more cost-effective for spinning VMs up and down on-demand on the Windows Azure cloud platform. New: VMs that are shutdown from the Windows Azure Management Portal will no longer continue to accumulate compute charges while stopped! Previous to this enhancement being available, the Azure platform maintained fabric resource reservations for VMs, even in a shutdown state, to ensure consistent resource availability when starting those VMs in the future.  And, this meant that VMs had to be exported and completely deprovisioned when not in use to avoid compute charges. In th... (more)

Windows Server 2012 R2 Is Here, What Is It and Where Is Here?

Windows Server 2012 R2 entered a new Milestone on Friday Oct 18, 2013. It was released for General Availability (GA) which means anyone and everyone can now get there hands on it.  It can be purchased, used in production and is fully supported.  However there was no massive launch campaign around this monumental milestone for what is now the latest and greatest operating system Microsoft has to offer.  Is the new product worthy of an upgrade? How can the new product help me in my business?  Where do I get it?  How to install it?  What should I be looking at when I kick the tires?  Where are the improvements?  Are the improvements minor, major, must have?  In this article I will answer all of these questions and more. Windows Server 2012 R2 is a major upgrade where they focused on four key elements. Mobility - Great user experience from anywhere! Apps - Modern, agile... (more)

Why Intelligent VM Routing Is Critical to Your Private Cloud’s Success

Virtualized and private cloud infrastructures are all about sharing resources - compute, storage and network. Optimizing these environments comes down to the ability to properly balance capacity supply and application demand. In practical terms, this means allocating the right amount of resources and putting workloads in the right places. These decisions are critical to ensuring performance, compliance and cost control. Yet most organizations are using antiquated methods such as home-grown spreadsheets and best guesses to determine which infrastructure to host workloads on and how much capacity to allocate. Not only do these approaches hinder operational agility, but as hosting decisions become more and more complex, they are downright dangerous. The typical strategy employed to stave off risk is to over-provision infrastructure, and the thinking behind this is tha... (more)