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Hyper-V Cloud Deployment Guides. For customers who want to build their own private clouds on top of existing infrastructure investments, Microsoft now offers tools and guidance based on expertise developed during hundreds of Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) private cloud customer engagements over the past few years. This element of the Hyper-V Cloud program optimizes enterprises that require high levels of flexibility, control, and customization.

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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. These services will be delivered by MCS and prequalified members of the Microsoft Partner Network and are designed to help enterprises and service providers more rapidly realize the benefits of private clouds.

Windows Azure Platform

The Windows Azure platform is a platform-as-a-service cloud offering that consists of compute, storage, and management automation tools that can run across hundreds or thousands of servers. The platform is designed for high availability and dynamic scaling of applications as well as self-service provisioning.

The Windows Azure platform provides a set of development services so that developers can build directly onto the Windows Azure platform. One of the key differentiators of the platform is that it automates management of all the libraries and the runtime environment without the developer having to manage the operating system. This infrastructure management is automated via a unique fabric controller that significantly reduces cost of operations and manual intervention.

Windows Azure platform consists of six primary components:

` Windows Azure. The core Windows environment used to develop and run cloud applications

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SQL Azure. Relational database services in the cloud based on SQL Server

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Fabric Controller.

Manages

operating

system

updates,

servers, load application

balancers, availability,

switches, provisioning,

and

other

platform

components (The fabric controller provides the unique automation capabilities of the platform.)

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Windows Azure AppFabric. Cloud-based infrastructure services for applications running in the cloud or on-premises

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Windows Azure Marketplace. An online service for purchasing cloud-based data and applications

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Windows Azure Connect. A range of cloud networking technologies including network connectivity between on-premises and Windows Azure resources designed to be simple and easy to manage

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