UPDATE - 06/14/12: EMC's Microsoft Private Cloud Solution Briefs are now posted!
Here we are in Day 2 of Microsoft TechEd 2012 and another busy day! There have been many great sessions including overviews of Windows Server 2012 features, changes to Active Directory, new Hyper-V features and more about Powershell cmdlets than I thought was possible to know!
At the EMC booth (205), we continue to be busy with discussions about EMC hardware, how we integrate with Microsoft System Center 2012 for enhanced management of EMC devices as well as discussions about protecting key applications and providing data deduplication for key MIcrosoft apps.
But what has generated the most attention in the booth the past few days??
If you're not familar with Microsoft's Private Cloud Fast Track Program, it is a pre-validated reference architecture program based on Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server 2012 coming soon when released!) with Hyper-V, storage hardware and various server and switching vendors. It is a Microsoft run program that includes guidance and validated configurations with services to implement to get a Microsoft Private Cloud up and and running in no time!
Version 2 (current version) incorporates System Center 2012 so customers can have full automation and virtualization. Matter of fact, technologies such as Self Service Provisioning and Powershell cmdlets are part of the solution so customers can have a fully operating Private Cloud and not just virtualization in their Datacenter!
EMC has announced two configurations for Microsoft's Private Cloud Fast Track v2 program to offer customers choice and flexibility in their Private Cloud options.
The first consists of an EMC VNX 5300 array (4U, multi-protocol, dual processor, up to 125 drives) with Cisco UCS B-series and Cisco Nexus 5k switch. This solution is the one we have at Microsoft TechEd right now. It scales from 8-16 nodes to provide users with all of the management and compute services and power needed to run a Private Cloud!
The second solution is also based on the EMC VNX 5300 array but uses HP DL380 servers with a Brocade 8000 switch and Brocade 1020 CNAs. This solution scales from 4 to 8 nodes for management and compute and both the HP and the Cisco based solution includes FCOE, boot from SAN and iSCSI communication between the VMs.
Here is a photo with the face plate removed to see how it looks...
What's great about this solution is that it includes all of the necessary software components and scripts to run a fully virtualized and automated private cloud to help save the administrator's time from building and configuring all of these components. For an overview of some of the capabilities of a Private Cloud Solution, check out my blog when we covered this at Microsoft Management Summit!
If you're at TechEd this week, stop by the EMC booth to learn more, to see the hardware involved and to get a live demo! And even better, come to the EMC session on Wednesday morning at 10:15 entitled "Accelerating the Power of the Cloud with Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track and EMC Infrastructure" (session WSV211)!