Im Public-Cloud-Segment zeichnet sich ein Kopf-an-Rennen ab: Während AWS mit Rekordgewinnen glänzt, gelingt Microsoft mit Azure der Einstieg in große Digitalisierungsprojekte bei Boeing und General Electric.
CPS is a pre-integrated, pre-deployed, Microsoft validated solution built on Dell hardware, Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack. It combines the efficiency and agility of cloud computing, along with the increased control and customization achieved in virtualized, multi-tenant environments. CPS scales from a single rack to up to four racks and is optimized for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS for Windows and Linux) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) style deployments. Let’s take a closer look at CPS At the hardware layer, a customer can deploy CPS in increments from one to four racks. Each rack has
- 512 cores across 32 servers (each with a dual socket Intel Ivy Bridge, E5-2650v2 CPU)
- 8 TB of RAM with 256 GB per server
- 282 TB of usable storage
- 1360 Gb/s of internal rack connectivity
- 560 Gb/s of inter-rack connectivity
- Up to 60 Gb/s connectivity to the external world
A single rack can support up to 2000 VM’s (2 vCPU, 1.75 GB RAM, and 50 GB disk). You can scale up to 8000 VM’s using a full stamp with four of these racks. Of course customers have the flexibility of choosing their VM dimensions, as we have seen with the private preview deployments with CPS.
CPS uses software components that customers are familiar with (Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack), so there is no retooling needed to operate CPS. It comes with integrated anti-virus, fabric based backup for all VM’s, disaster recovery, orchestrated patching, monitoring, an Azure-consistent self-service portal (Windows Azure Pack) for tenants, REST-based API for programmatic interaction and automation using PowerShell. CPS also provides PaaS services such as “Websites” and Database-as-a-service. There are no additional components to buy to make it a complete cloud solution.
Microsoft Delivers New Cloud Tools and Solutions at the
Worldwide Partner Conference12 Jul 2011 9:25 AM
Cloud computing is as big a transformation, and opportunity, as the
technology industry has ever seen. Partners and customers can look to
Microsoft for the most comprehensive cloud strategy and offerings, in order to
improve their business agility, focus and economics. Today, at the
Worldwide Partner Conference, Microsoft announced tools and solutions to help
partners capitalize on the opportunities, as well as examples of partners and
customers already finding success.
Windows Azure Platform:
- Windows Azure Marketplace: The Windows Azure Marketplace
will now enable application sales, allowing partners and customers to easily
sell, try and buy Windows Azure-based applications. This capability builds
on 99 partner data offerings already available for sale through the Marketplace
and more than 450 currently listed applications. The new Windows Azure
Marketplace application selling capability is available today. More information
is available on the Windows Azure blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsazure/.
- New examples of Innovative Solutions built on Windows
- Microsoft partner Wire Stone recently helped Boeing launch its “737 Explained
Experience” on Windows Azure to give prospective 737 customers a rich,
visually immersive tour of the plane. A case study is available here.
- Microsoft partner BrandJourney Venturing helped General Mills create a new
business outlet on Windows Azure that enables consumers to find and purchase
gluten-free products. A case study is available here.
Microsoft yesterday released a commissioned study conducted by
Forrester Consulting entitled “The ISV Business Case For The Windows Azure
Platform:” Findings include that software partners deploying solutions
on Windows Azure are generating 20% to 250% new revenue by reaching new
customers, saving up to 80% on their hosting costs, and are able to reuse up to
80% of their existing .NET code when moving to Windows Azure. The
study is available here.
Windows Azure Platform Appliance Progress:
- Fujitsu announced in June that they would be launching the
Fujitsu Global Cloud Platform (FGCP/A5) service in August 2011, running on a
Windows Azure Platform Appliance at their datacenter in Japan. By using FGCP/A5,
customers will be able to quickly build elastically-scalable applications using
familiar Windows Azure platform technologies, streamline their IT operations
management and be more competitive in the global market. In addition, customers
will have the ability to store their business data domestically in Japan if they
- HP also intends to use the appliance to offer private and
public cloud computing services, based on Windows Azure. They have an
operational appliance at their datacenter that has been validated by Microsoft
to run the Windows Azure Platform and they look forward to making services
available to their customers later this year.
- eBay is in the early stages of implementing on the Windows
Azure platform appliance and has successfully completed a first application on
Windows Azure (ipad.ebay.com). eBay is continuing to evaluate ways in which the
Windows Azure platform appliance can help improve engineering agility and reduce
Private Cloud Computing with Windows Server and System
- Windows Server 8: In his keynote STB president Satya
Nadella highlighted that the next version of Windows Server, codenamed Windows
Server 8, will be the next step in private cloud computing. More
information will be shared at the BUILD conference in September.
- System Center 2012:
- Microsoft announced a beta of the Operations Manager capability of
System Center 2012. System Center 2012 will further help partners
and customers build private cloud services that focus on the delivery of
business applications, not just infrastructure. Operations Manager is a
key component that provides end-to-end application service monitoring and
diagnostics across Windows, others platforms and Windows Azure. Operations
Manager will fully integrate technology from the AVIcode acquisition for
monitoring and deep insights into applications. The beta will be available next
week through this site and more information can be found next week on the
- “Project Concero” is now officially the App Controller capability
within System Center 2012. Demonstrated during Satya Nadella’s keynote
today, App Controller is a new solution in System Center that gives IT managers
control across both private and public cloud assets (Windows Azure) and gives
application managers across the company the ability to deploy and manage their
applications through a self-service experience.
SQL Server “Denali”:
- SQL Server “Denali” Community Technology Preview (CTP): SQL
Server “Denali,” is a cloud-ready information platform to build and deliver apps
across the spectrum of infrastructure. Customers and partners can use this
opportunity to preview the marquee capabilities and new enhancements coming in
the next release of SQL Server with the community technology preview available
through this site.
- For the first time, customers can begin testing the much anticipated
features of “Denali” with today’s CTP, including SQL Server AlwaysOn and Project
“Apollo” for added mission critical confidence, Project “Crescent” for highly
visual data exploration that unlocks breakthrough insights, and SQL Server
Developer Tools code named “Juneau” for a modern development experience across
server, BI, and cloud development projects. For more information about
“Denali” or the new CTP, visit the SQL Server
Data Platform Insider blog.
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Microsoft Announces Windows Azure Toolkits for iOS, Android and Windows Phone
Today, Microsoft announced Windows Azure Toolkits for Devices, consisting of assets for Windows Phone, iOS and a preview of tools for Android.
The Windows Azure Platform Training Kit includes a comprehensive set of
technical content including hands-on labs, presentations, and demos that are
designed to help you learn how to use the Windows Azure platform, including:
Windows Azure, SQL Azure and the Windows Azure AppFabric.
2011 update of the Windows Azure Platform Training Kit has been updated for
Windows Azure SDK 1.4, Visual Studio 2010 SP1, includes three new HOLs, and
updated HOLs and demos for the new Windows Azure AppFabric portal.
of the specific changes with the April update of the training kit includes:
- [New] Authenticating Users in a Windows Phone 7 App via ACS, OData Services
and Windows Azure lab
- [New] Windows Azure Traffic Manager lab
- [New] Introduction to SQL Azure Reporting Services lab
- [Updated] Connecting Apps with Windows Azure Connect lab updated for Connect
- [Updated] Windows Azure CDN lab updated for CDN refresh
- [Updated] Introduction to the AppFabric ACS 2.0 lab updated to the
production release of ACS 2.0
- [Updated] Use ACS to Federate with Multiple Business Identity Providers lab
updated to the production release of ACS 2.0
- [Updated] Introduction to Service Bus lab updated to latest AppFabric portal
- [Updated] Eventing on the Service Bus lab updated to latest AppFabric portal
- [Updated] Service Remoting lab updated to latest AppFabric portal
- [Updated] Rafiki demo updated to latest AppFabric portal experience
- [Updated] Service Bus demos updated to latest AppFabric portal
Windows® HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1 enables administrators to increase the power of
the on-premises cluster by adding computational resources in Windows Azure. With
the Windows Azure “burst” scenario, various types of HPC applications can be
deployed to Windows Azure nodes and run on these nodes in the same way they run
in on-premises nodes.
The article provides a technical overview of developing HPC
applications that are supported for the Windows Azure burst scenario. The
article addresses the application models that are supported, and the data issues
that arise when working with Windows Azure and on-premises nodes, such as the
proper location for the data, the storage types in Windows Azure, various
techniques to upload data to Windows Azure storage, and how to access data from
the computational nodes in the cluster (on-premises and Windows Azure). Finally,
this article describes how to deploy HPC applications to Windows Azure nodes and
how to run these HPC applications from client applications, as well as from the
Windows HPC Server 2008 R2 SP1 job submission interfaces.
Windows Azure Platform Offer Changes
We also announced several offer changes today, including:
- The extension of the expiration date and increases to the amount of free
storage, storage transactions and data transfers in the Windows Azure
Introductory Special offer. This promotional offer now includes 750 hours of
extra-small instances and 25 hours of small instances of the Windows Azure
service, 20GB of storage, 50K of storage transactions, and 40GB of data
transfers provided each month at no charge until September 30, 2011. More
information can be found here.
- An existing customer who signed up for the original Windows Azure
Introductory Special offer will get a free upgrade as of today. An existing
customer who signed up for a different offer (other than the Windows Azure
Introductory Special) would need to sign up for the updated Windows Azure
Introductory Special Offer separately.
- MSDN Ultimate and Premium subscribers will benefit from increased compute,
storage and bandwidth benefits for Windows Azure. More information can be found
- The Cloud Essentials Pack for Microsoft partners now includes 750 hours of
extra-small instances and 25 hours of small instances of the Windows Azure
service, 20GB of storage and 50GB of data transfers provided each month at no
charge. In addition, the Cloud Essentials Pack also contains other Microsoft
cloud services including SQL Azure, Windows Azure AppFabric, Microsoft Office
365, Windows Intune and Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online. More information can be
Read carefully: Some important, good changes to the Introductory Special offer, the MDSN subscribers benefits, and the Cloud Essential Pack offer!