Build your own cloud

Why build your own?

Do you need your own?

What if you do?

And you want to build it on Hyper-V ?

If you don’t think that Hyper-V is that mature, then consider that Hyper-V adoption is up by 12%.

Virtualisation is the cornerstone to rapid provisioning of cloud based systems, and the talk on the street is that Hyper-V and SCVMM is closing the gap rapidly on the competitive offerings….

Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, IBM, NEC  are listed as partners on the private cloud program. If you are a cloud based business, or are considering moving some of your infrastructure into a self provisioning cloud that you’d like to build and own, then have a look at Microsoft’s private cloud portal, which offer a “build your own” as well as a “pre-validated” configuration tabs,  amongst others in the deployment section.

How serious is Microsoft about this ?

Tech-ed Europe’s announcements and majority of the new sessions centre around cloud, Hyper-V, cloud management and provisioning of some sort.

Personally it looks like this is a space that Microsoft is wanting to dominate. Office 365, various flavours of BPOS, LIVE, Live@EDU, to name a FEW of Microsoft’s own cloud based offerings as well as a dedicated section on, should show that Microsoft is not only a serious cloud vendor, but now a cloud based vendor offering the tools to grow your own.

Nicolas Blank

Nicolas is an Architect, author, and speaker focused on all things Exchange and Cloud at NBConsult. With over 16 years of experience on Exchange, Nicolas consults to customers globally on cloud based and on-premises Exchange as well as ISVs building Exchange focused products. Nicolas has extensive experience using Azure to create public and private Azure based offerings leveraging cloud based principles and common sense. Nicolas currently holds status of MCM Exchange 2010, Office 365 (Microsoft Certified Master), MCSM Exchange 2013, and has been awarded Microsoft MVP (Most Valuable Professional) for Microsoft Exchange since March 2007. Nicolas has co-authored "Microsoft Exchange Server 2013: Design, Deploy and Deliver an Enterprise Messaging Solution," published by Sybex. Nicolas blogs regularly on Exchange and messaging topics at, tweets at @nicolasblank, and is the founder of and a contributor to IT Pro Africa and @itproafrica

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