In an upcoming FAQ, John Savill will discuss Microsoft's private cloud initiative. Microsoft's private cloud site is an excellent source for info on making a Microsoft-based private cloud. From the site:
To help you deploy commercial private and public clouds based on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V, System Center, and related products, Microsoft offers a set of programs and initiatives called Hyper-V Cloud. These programs can help you:
*Build your own private cloud with help from the Hyper-V Cloud Deployment Guides and Hyper-V Cloud partners.
*Get a pre-validated private cloud configuration from Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track OEM partners. Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track partners have worked with Microsoft to combine hardware and software offerings based on a reference architecture for building private clouds.
*Find a service provider in the Hyper-V Cloud Service Provider Program who can host a dedicated private cloud for you.
The first I heard of the term “private cloud” was from VMware about a year ago, but it looks like Microsoft is competing strongly in that arena too.
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