Once we defined the hardware templates, we configured the OS images to deploy. If you have ever installed Windows Server 2008, or any Windows server, for that matter, these options will be familiar to you. Tick off what you want. Fill in the server name (which itself can be pre-defined via a template), and you have a stock golden image ready to deploy. What is interesting is that you can patch and reconfigure the image and, when it is active, you can deploy it to your cloud--automatically, if you desire.
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