Ok. What do you mean?
“To have an elasticity that could be used in a cloud-scenario, our organization would have to invest in some serious hardware”
Yes – it`s all a matter of cost, right? (Maybe I should have use the correct terms here. CapEx and OpEx)
The thing about cloud, is that you should start small, and think big.
SCVMM 2012 fits in right here.
· Bare-Metal deployment of your Hyper-V servers, as well as creating Hyper-V servers using your existing Windows 2008 R2 servers (everyone is using virtualization today. If not, become the hero of the day and start on Monday)
· Extended library – VM templates, ISO files, scripts, VHD`s + +
· Support of more hypervisors – Hyper-V (Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V role enabled, Server Core with Hyper-V enabled, and Hyper-V 2008 R2), XenServer (version 5.6 with Feature Pack 1), VMware (vSphere through vCenter (4.1) and hosts with ESXi/ESX 4.1 and 3.5) Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 is no longer supported in VMM 2012
· You can optimize your hosts and clusters
· You can create a Private Cloud . This is the underlying physical resources (infrastructure) that is pooled together, available in a self-service manner for your users.
· Deploy services to your private cloud, with the ability to scale out and in (elasticity)
· Orchestrate updates of your Hyper-V cluster nodes (using WSUS dedicated for your cloud, configured in the Fabric)
· Deep storage integration (see hyper-v.nu for some details around this. Hans Vredevoort is lucky enough to have a SAN that support the SMI-S provider, that is required for this scenario J )
· Self-service portal – let the guys on accounting test a new CRM system, a new idea – just when they want no, with no interference from IT.
If you have the NIST definition of cloud computing in mind when you`re reading the list above, you`ll see that how it fits into the big cloud thing.
So if you do not have a so called cloud today, what can SCVMM 2012 do for you?
Start to deploy some virtualization in your environment, convert your physical workloads to virtual, virtual to virtual (from VMware to Hyper-V, or just add the VMware host into SCVMM 2012).
SCVMM 2012 is not only a rich management tool for your enterprise datacenter, it`s also the first stepping stone towards your private cloud. With a focus on resource pooling and resource optimization, it suddenly starts to sound economic as well.
A private cloud facilitates not only for better server utilization, but also a better exploitation of your IT-department
I will fill in a FAQ on SCVMM 2012 on this post next week, so it will be updated on a regular basis from now on.