Microsoft Cloud OS Review: Datacenter Transformation Model
Enterprise IT infrastructure is rapidly changing with the introduction of tools for automating datacenter provisioning, monitoring and management. The modernization of traditional datacenters is putting pressure on the decision makers for both vendors and customers engrossed in these transformations. Out of the many solutions out there, I would like to take Microsoft’s “Cloud OS” vision under a critical review to bring help the IT community in their decision. Microsoft is one of the leading vendors with a huge presence in the IT industry with diverse applications and server solutions. In view of this, Microsoft Cloud OS solutions valid a simplified the modernization of enterprise-class datacenters.
The Challenge Facing Data Center Transformation
The engaging challenge to transformed data centers is to deliver tools that are able to manage both physical and virtual workloads across on-premise and cloud service provider platforms including:
- Task automation
Secure data for both on premise data centers and the cloud
Additionally, mobility management is critical service to consider with regard to IT infrastructure. People today need to have virtual access to critical application anywhere on their devices in order to support business goals. This brings up the potential to accelerate the application life cycle — from developer handoff to infrastructure specialists.
Moreover, the next challenge is to deal with the amount of data being moved within and across platforms. Unfortunately, all these necessities and solutions need to be implemented without going beyond the apportioned IT budget.
In response to the impending challenge of datacenter revolution, Microsoft brings an approach to solve all of the needs that businesses are facing today. To this end, Microsoft brings three key components to their Cloud OS solution:
- Windows Server 2012 R2
- System Center 2012 R2
- Windows Aure
Windows Server 2012 R2
The introduction of Windows Server 2012 R2 brings a solid foundation for building enterprise-class datacenters with the integration of cloud solutions that are simple to deploy, cost-efficient, application-oriented, and user-centric. The Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system includes the latest version of Hyper-V virtualization technology which leads the way to on-premise datacenter virtualization. Hyper-V 2012 R2 abstracts compute, network, and storage resources to improve resource provisioning and scale application on demand.
System Center 2012 R2
System Center is a suite of Microsoft products used to deliver a unified and seamless management experience across service providers: Both Windows Azure and on-premise. The suite completes the deployment model of the Microsoft Private Cloud solution. The System Center suite is built on SQL server, which serves as the database for all of the components, also making it possible to deploy business intelligence tools to discover the value of data. Further, System Center has a simplified per-processor licensing model to fit budget needs. The suite also provides a combined management experience for provisioning, managing, and monitoring end-user computers and mobile devices as well as protecting sensitive business data.
Windows Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform that offers an open and flexible environment for deploying and managing applications in a secured public cloud. Windows Azure provides an API for almost any language, tool or framework and allows the integration of a hybrid cloud solution.
What is Microsoft Cloud OS then?
In simple terms, Cloud OS is Microsoft’s unification of the three products mentioned above to allow IT to get the benefit of scale, speed and agility while protecting existing investments. The Microsoft Cloud OS vision goal is to transform data centers, enable modern business applications, empower people-centric IT and unlock insights on data.