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Prepare yourself for Microsoft #AzureStack with #Dell PowerEdge FX Architecture

Why Microsoft Azure Stack?

Microsoft Azure Stack is a new hybrid cloud platform product that enables your organization to deliver Azure services from your own datacenter to help you achieve more. Get the power of cloud services, yet maintain control of your datacenter for true hybrid cloud agility. You decide where to keep your data and applications—in your own datacenter or with a hosting service provider. Easily access public cloud resources to scale at busy times of the year, for dev-test, or whenever you need them. Only Microsoft builds and runs its own hyper-scale datacenters and delivers that proven innovation to your datacenter.

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Read more about Microsoft Azure Stack and Try it yourself

Microsoft AzureStack Hybrid

 Microsoft Azure Stack TP1 Single Server POC Deployment Guide

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Cloud Platform System portal demonstration video #CPS #PrivateCloud #Dell #Microsoft

Add cloud to your datacenter with an easy-to-deploy integrated system

The Cloud Platform System (CPS) portfolio of integrated systems provides an Azure-consistent cloud-in-a-box for your virtualized Windows and Linux workloads, accelerating your journey to cloud with a factory-integrated solution. CPS combines Microsoft’s proven software stack of Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure Pack, with server, storage, and networking hardware from industry leading vendors. CPS improves your time-to-value and enables a consistent cloud experience, allowing you to scale from as small as four nodes with CPS Standard to up to 128 with CPS Premium, depending on your needs.

More information about Cloud Platform System you can find here


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UPDATE Windows Server 2012 R2 Gallery Resource to deploy first party workloads in #CPS #WAPack #Cloud


  • How to deploy the Microsoft Remote Desktop Session Host (RDSH) workload on the Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS).
  • How to deploy the Microsoft SharePoint Server, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, Skype for Business, and Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) workloads on the Microsoft Cloud Platform System (CPS)

You can find it here in the Windows Server 2012 R2 Gallery Resource with Step-by-Step Instructions




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#Microsoft Cloud in a Box with Dell PowerEdge VRTX #CloudOS #sysctr #Azure #Dell


In June 2013,  I was introducing the Dell PowerEdge VRTX for Hybrid Cloud with System Center 2012 SP1 Suite with a video and a Hyper-V 2012 Reference Architecture guide.
You can find that blogpost here

Now  the Dell PowerEdge VRTX All-In-The-Box Solution works great together with Microsoft Cloud :

4ward is pleased to offer the first appliance for the Cloud on the market, specifically designed for both Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs), and for organizations with offices, departments or branch offices. A solution that once the first setup is completed is fully supported by Dell, 24×7, through their ProSupport services, for the Windows components and by Microsoft for the System Center part, it is based on an unique infrastructure in the industry:
Dell PowerEdge VRTX, a converged system that can enable any organization to implement a Data Center with a solution in-a-box, even within an office.
Thanks to Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft System Center 2012 R2, and the intellectual property of 4ward customers can order and receive a private Cloud solution that will be deployed at the first boot of the system with the help of a wizard. Just as easily could be extended to a public Cloud, creating a hybrid solution. Through the Cloud in-a-box appliance, workloads and services will get geographical high availability, scale up and scale down features, always letting the characteristics of the IT infrastructure perfectly adhere
business needs, even if for intense and short periods of time.
All this at the cost of a virtualization infrastructure.

Here you see more detailed technical information of the Dell PowerEdge VRTX :

VRTX Config


Dell VRTX front Rear

Dell VRTX SolutionAll in One Box

Cloud in a box OverviewWith Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2
You are ready for Microsoft Cloud OS.


With this Big Datacenter in a Little box you got a lot of benefits :

  • Reduce costs like power consumption
  • Flexible in moving
  • Datacenter Rackspace
  • Microsoft Cloud OS

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Software Defined Networking will do the rest for you 🙂

For Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) and Educational institutes you can build now Twin Datacenters for disasterrecovery with Hyper-V Recovery manager (Microsoft Azure) for low costs.

hyper-v-recovery-managerYou Need two Dell PowerEdge VRTX

With all the possibilities of the Dell PowerEdge VRTX I can recommend every SME company this sollution Cloud in a Box.

Here you see the Dell PowerEdge VRTX with Microsoft and 4ward making a Private Cloud in One Hour.