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Microsoft System Center 2012 Revealed

Microsoft's System Center 2012, which we discussed in Microsoft's System Center 2012: Building A Private Cloud, is the latest attempt by a big vendor to bring private cloud to the masses. While there are many improvements to System Center, building a private cloud using anyone's software is far from easy. At Microsoft's private cloud reviewers' workshop, we got a peek at the sausage factory. There are a lot of components to configure, but Microsoft has done a good job of streamlining many of the
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Cloud creation is performed after you define the templates for the underlying hardware. A cloud is just a set of resources that are grouped into a unit. You can then assign them to users and roles. In our case, PrivateCloud20 is using a logical network called Contoso and the load balancer.

We set the capacity for this cloud offering at 12 Gbytes of RAM, total, unlimited storage, and a maximum of 10 virtual machines. All the VMs for this cloud service are based on Hyper-V, but cloud has included Citrix Xen or VMware.

Microsoft's private cloud offering is multitenant by its very nature. IT defines the capacity of a cloud service, and then users and roles are assigned capacity and rights within that cloud. You can define many cloud services that are ultimately shared across the physical infrastructure.


Mike Fratto is a principal analyst at Current Analysis, covering the Enterprise Networking and Data Center Technology markets. Prior to that, Mike was with UBM Tech for 15 years, and served as editor of Network Computing. He was also lead analyst for InformationWeek Analytics ... View Full Bio

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