Following the announcement of its platform-as-a-service offering Windows Azure at PDC10, Microsoft showed further detail of its cloud strategy, which stretches across public and private cloud, with solutions to meet the needs of various businesses.
The announcement of Hyper-V Cloud uses the Windows Server platform to build out private cloud infrastructures. Hyper-V Cloud includes a set of programs and initiatives designed to accelerate the deployment and success of these clouds.
There are multiple elements to Hyper-V Cloud, including:
- Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track: Microsoft is collaborating with Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM and NEC to deliver a broad choice of pre-defined, validated configurations for private cloud deployments.
- Hyper-V Cloud Service Provider Program: A group of more than 70 service providers around the world offering infrastructure as a finished, fully-hosted service built on Microsoft’s technology that customers can use to implement a private cloud.
- Hyper-V Cloud Deployment Guides: Allows customers to build their own private clouds on top of existing infrastructure investments through new tools and guidance.
- Hyper-V Cloud Accelerate: To tie it all together, Microsoft is making significant investments to help customers and partners fund assessments, proofs-of-concept, and production deployments.