Windows 8 will enable IT pros to implement the private cloud

At TechRepublic Live 2011, Dr. Tom Shinder explained how Windows 8 will make cloud computing a reality.

At TechRepublic Live 2011, Dr. Tom Shinder, of the Microsoft Private Cloud Solutions Team, gave a presentation with this intriguing title:

How Windows 8 enables IT Pros to implement private cloud The hashtag for the Twitter feed for TechRepublic Live 2011 is #TRLive2011.

Here is a list of some of highlights of his presentation:

The private cloud is not server virtualization -- read that again -- a very important point.

Essential characteristics of the private cloud include (NIST):

  • broad network access
  • resource pooling
  • rapid elasticity
  • measured service

There are three service models important to the private cloud:

  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
  • Platform as a Service (PaaS)
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)

The benefits of cloud computing include:

  • lower up-front expenses
  • expenditure moved from capital expenditures to operational expenditures
  • better provisioning, utilization, and elasticity
  • metered usage
  • enhanced security by economies of scale

Microsoft's approach to the private cloud

Microsoft has established guidelines to support the evolution of cloud infrastructure called principles. Some of these principles:

  • perception of infinite capacity
  • optimization of resource usage
  • minimized human involvement
Identified concepts that support the principles include:
  • predictably
  • virtualized infrastructure
  • fabric management
  • cost transparency
Microsoft's Private Cloud Stack includes (based on Windows 8 Hyper-V):
  • System Center (current)
  • System Center 2012
  • Other software like the SCVMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 (SSP) and the Virtual Machine Servicing Tool 3.0
Cloud is about service delivery, not infrastructure and operations.

Bottom line

The important takeaway from the presentation is that cloud computing is no longer an abstract concept that IT pros talk about over lunch. Cloud computing, whether it is private or public or a hybrid of the two, is coming, and as an IT professional you need to be ready for it.


Mark Kaelin is a CBS Interactive Senior Editor for TechRepublic. He is the host for the Microsoft Windows and Office blog, the Google in the Enterprise blog, the Five Apps blog and the Big Data Analytics blog.


I was just getting my head around how the cloud is a bunch of servers in the sky with diamonds... but now Windows 8 is joining them, that's groovy man!!


First, WE HAVE SEEN MUCH OF WINDOWS EIGHT YET, let alone begun to install it and see how it performs. Maybe good, maybe Vista all over again and I am just moving people to Seven as it stands right now. Secondly, the CLOUD is a joke, another name (as rightly pointed out) for OUTSOURCING data centers and servers from room D505 to a room in India. F'Crissake, having sensitive data in the care of someone else is madness.


There's confusion over the term "cloud" and "cloud computing", and the technology companies aren't making it easy by confusing the two themselves. Cloud = the network not under your own control, or a portion of the network that is not locally relevant. Cloud Computing = an elastic infrastructure that contains the network, compute (server), storage, and management pieces. Microsoft is claiming the infrastructure doesn't make the cloud (read: cloud computing), and they're right. But I don't think anyone has claimed any such thing. Cloud computing is the combination of all four elements, which includes the infrastructure and management. They've created their version of the management piece. .bob


It's sort of like the part of the movie "Big Trouble in Little China" when Kurt Russel has a machine gun and it gets jammed. He jumps behind the shelves to unjam it and when he jumps out ready to fire is unjammed gun the Asian dude has wiped out the whole group of evil guys. MS is trying to be a leader and show us the way. I guess they hadn't been reading about all the cloud implementations out there that have been used in various organizations successfully without Windoze 8. BTW, virtualization is the biggest part of the cloud infrastructure. Without it you won't have "lower up-front expenses expenditure moved from capital expenditures to operational expenditures better provisioning, utilization, and elasticity" Time and time again they have demonstrated their inability to innovate and their ability to finally get it and get on board. I'm so glad the MS can save us now. I was worried that nobody understood this cloud thingy and that it was about to fall on it's face and skid a few feet. Now I won't have to worry, they are here keeping us safe and secure.


Good thing MS is going to come in and save the day, rescue all of us from the way that we're already taking advantage of private clouds. Mighty big of them.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Is your organization making plans for cloud computing.

Jimmy Chow
Jimmy Chow

I dont want to give my confidential company data to take care by others. The solution is to build company own cloud.


We can't do that. We're HIPPA regulated. I've heard that it's alright but the owners aren't going to let our data get out of our control and they would have to arm wrestle me to do so.


Does the Cloud include the internet as the infrastructure? When they say private cloud, isn't it just a WAN? They sure are making it confusing. I don't get it. Why not just say your network, storage, and applications are accessible via internet connection.

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