The Microsoft Cloud OS
Cloud computing is happening. It is being driven by the exponential growth in modern applications, data and devices. These trends require organizations to quickly scale and deliver continuous services. Simultaneously, innovation is happening across storage, network and compute technologies. With these new requirements and innovations, IT is under pressure to deliver capacity on demand, whether for short-term projects or longer-term initiatives. At the same time, organizations have higher expectations for service levels – services must be always up, always on, with no planned or unplanned downtime. To meet these challenges, a new modern platform is required. In the era of cloud computing, Microsoft delivers this with the Cloud OS. The Cloud OS takes on a broader role than just managing a server. Microsoft’s vision for the Cloud OS is focused on the transformation of the datacenter, enabling modern applications, unlocking insights on any data and empowering people-centric IT. The Cloud OS requires a comprehensive execution of vision crossing a wide range of enterprise technologies, including Windows Azure, SQL Server, System Center and Windows Server. Fundamental to the modern datacenter, is the ability to build private cloud infrastructures and quickly scale within the datacenter as well as agile and secure consumption of Windows Azure and service provider cloud capacity.
In the picture above you see our Testlab and all the Servers are installed with Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 in a forest.
Here we have the following configuration of our TestLAB :
- The Domain Controller is an Dell Power Edge R410 Server Intel Xeon CPU E5520 @ 2,20Ghz 2,20Ghz and 4GB Memory installed with 2 x 144GB SAS HDD in RAID 1 set.
- The SCVVM Server is an Dell Power Edge R610 with Intel Xeon CPU E5530 @ 2,40Ghze 2,40Ghz and 32GB Memory installed with 2 x 144GB SAS HDD in RAID 1 set and 300GB RAID 5 set
- 4 x Hyper-V Node is an Dell Power Edge R710 with Intel Xeon CPU L5520 @ 2,20 Ghz 2,20Ghz and 48GB Memory installed with 2 x 144GB SAS HDD in RAID 1 set.
- The RAS Server is an Dell Power Edge R710 with Intel Xeon CPU L5520 @ 2,20 Ghz 2,20 Ghz and 48GB Memory with 2 x 144GB SAS HDD in RAID 1 set.
- I-SCSI Storage Box is an Dell Powervault MD3200i with 12 x 2TB SAS HDD
The Remote Access Server (RAS) is an Windows Server 2012 R2 with more features installed :
- RAS feature installed for VPN and DirectAccess connections.
- Hyper-V feature is installed for an Virtual Web Proxy Server ( Ubuntu 13.10 with Squid proxy )
- WSUS Server
- Virtual VPN Gate way site-to-site for Windows Azure.
In the next couple of blogs we will share the installations step by step on the following items :
- Installation of I-SCSI Storage for Hyper-V Nodes and Failover Clustering for Hyper-V with CSV
- Installation of SQL 2012 SP1 and System Center 2012 R2 Virtual Machine Manager | APP-Controller
- Installation of Microsoft Virtual Gateway for Site-To-Site VPN with Windows Azure.
- Private Cloud Computing – Services
- Hybrid Cloud Computing – Services