Over the past couple of years I have often needed reference resources on the subject of public and private cloud. I would much rather draw on models, principles and practice that is already been invested in by others. The Microsoft information is readily available and has been useful in formulating my ideas.
Some private cloud links to get started with:-
- Architecting a Microsoft Private Cloud – http://blogs.technet.com/b/davidzi/archive/2011/05/18/architecting-a-microsoft-private-cloud.aspx
- Cloud Computing: Architecting a Microsoft Private Cloud – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/hh127072.aspx
- Private Cloud Solution Hub – http://technet.microsoft.com/en-gb/cloud/private-cloud
- Private Cloud Technical Overview – http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/private-cloud-technical-overview.aspx
I have found that the Private Cloud Reference Model shown below, from Microsoft is a very useful way to describe private cloud and the context with alignment to ITIL. The relationship with ITIL especially in the UK is very logical as the real focus of Private Cloud is about delivering service rather than technology.
To explore the descriptions and the mapping of the logical components to the Microsoft products use the following links back to the Microsoft cloud hub pages:
- Logical Component Descriptions – http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/4399.private-cloud-reference-model.aspx
- Product Mapping – http://social.technet.microsoft.com/wiki/contents/articles/11336.mapping-private-cloud-capabilities-to-the-microsoft-private-cloud-platform.aspx
Public Cloud – Azure
Some specific Azure links: