As we all know, Microsoft Hyper-V is a virtualization solution which is mainly considered for windows cloud computing infrastructure. As of now, Microsoft has two products for cloud solution: Windows Azure and Hyper-V. However, Microsoft realized that they needed to offer a single package solution for cloud infrastructure, particularly for dedicated private cloud as similar to VMware does. Therefore, “Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track” was introduced to fill the gap in the cloud line.
Let’s see the details of Hyper-V Cloud:
- Shared Services.
- Scalability and Elasticity of Infrastructure.
- High Availability.
- Automation Work Flow.
- Portal and Service Catalog.
- Integration of security and identity
However, before we move ahead we need to understand, what is private cloud computing?
Private cloud transforms the data center, servers in a flexible infrastructure for a service. The infrastructure can then expose a catalog of application services to the business. If the private cloud is based on virtualization technology, then the approach is different in the sense that the goal is to automate the availability and scalability. This requires an arrangement and provisioning of virtual machines, with or without connection to a public cloud.
Back to the main topic. Hyper-V Cloud is not a new product. It is in the market since a long time, but now it comes up with a new set of tools, such as architecture concepts, guidelines, best practices to transform its existing infrastructure into infrastructure as a services for private cloud, etc… For this, it relies on Windows Server 2008 R2, Hyper-V, and System Center.
Although, hyper-v cloud is not a one pack solution. Means that, if a company wants to buy the tools involved in a hyper-v cloud, then there is no single package for it. Hence this is not a software suite like a vmware vsphere.
So the emphasis is on Hyper-V Fast Track, but it is intended for manufacturers. So they can offer pre-configured hardware and software solutions based on reference architecture, guides of consolidation, and validation configuration. Hence, each manufacturer get the ability to include his own tools for administration, management system to increase the performance.
This solution is actually intended to ease the deployment of private cloud or conversion of an existing infrastructure. Today, many manufacturers have announced or are already offering pre-configured hyper-v cloud: Dell, HP, IBM are just some of the examples. These pre-configured solutions are certified by Microsoft. The main goal of this solution is to simplify the architecture and implementation of a private cloud.
In addition, HP is offering Fast Track in full deployment phase to the customers. HP is actively working around with Fast Track as a platform in association with Microsoft and HP’s Cloud Foundation for Hyper-V is a reference architecture which is based on Fast Track.