Microsoft Makes Hyper-V Cloud Pitch at TechEd Europe 2010
When TechEd Europe 2010 started on November 8, Microsoft focused on one big priority: Rallying customers and partners around Hyper-V Cloud — an effort to promote the software company’s virtualization strategy across private and public clouds. Here’s the update.
Microsoft claims Windows Server platforms can help customers deploy their own cloud, and Hyper-V Cloud can help with that too. Hyper-V Cloud isn’t so much new ‘tech’ as it is a set of programs to deploy a private cloud. These Hyper-V Cloud initiatives features…
- 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.
Microsoft would also like to remind you that Hyper-V Cloud is a “stepping stone” into a larger world of cloud computing and virtualization.
Still, Microsoft isn’t alone in the virtualization-meets-cloud world. Red Hat continues to promote KVM (kernel-based virtual machine) on Linux as an ideal cloud platform, and VMware is working with a range of partners to make sure its virtualization software sits at the foundation of public and private clouds.