Private Cloud Architecture Sessions at TechEd North America 2012

imageThis is a big year for Microsoft! We’re going to see the release a Windows Server 2012 and a slew of other fantastic products – and you’re going to want to learn about them all. The big thing about Windows Server 2012 is that it’s all about the cloud. Private cloud, public cloud, hybrid cloud and more. TechEd North America 2012 is going to be heavy into the cloud and so you want to get up to speed on all things cloud. image

This is where the Private Cloud Architecture track sessions come in. Before you start to envision and design your private cloud, you’ll need to make sure it’s built on a firm architectural foundation. A solid grounding in private cloud architecture will enable you to consider all the key design decisions that make the difference between a private cloud that propels your business to unprecedented levels of efficiency and productivity versus just another virtualized infrastructure.

So here I present to you a list of private cloud architecture sessions. We’ve worked hard to make sure that each session builds on the previous – so that your journey to an exemplary private cloud goes right from the start and succeeds by design. I will be delivering several of these sessions and I hope to see you there. As an added incentive, I’ll be bringing a pile of books to give away! Come to one of my sessions and you’ll have the opportunity to win one of the books I’ve written – and I’ll autograph them at no additional charge (in case you want to put them on eBay Smile ).

You can find all of these sessions by going to your MyTechEd and searching for Architecture & Practices.

Private Cloud Principles, Concepts, and Patterns

Speaker(s): Tom Shinder
Monday, June 11 at 3:00 PM - 4:15 PM in S230E (663)
Architecture & Practices | Breakout Session | 300 - Advanced

So you've heard a lot about the Private Cloud—but, what exactly is a Private Cloud? What are the principles, patterns, and concepts that drive a private cloud infrastructure? Attend this session to learn about business value, perception if infinite capacity, predictability, fabric management, fault domains, and many more private cloud architectural components that enable you to realize the true benefits of the private cloud. This is a cornerstone session that you must attend to understand how the private cloud differs from a traditional datacenter and how to architect the private cloud correctly.

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Optimize the Business with Microsoft Datacenter Services 2.0

Speaker(s): Ulrich Homann
Monday, June 11 at 4:45 PM - 6:00 PM in S331 (350)
Architecture & Practices | Breakout Session | 300 - Advanced

Learn all you need to know about the Microsoft Datacenter Services Solution (DCS) IaaS scenario in a private cloud deployment mode. Find out the new scenarios delivered by the Data Center Services Reference Implementation v2.0, how MCS and Premier can deliver an end-to-end solution including Microsoft Services architecture and implementation. Learn how DCS improves operational efficiency by implementing tools for provisioning, managing, monitoring, and optimizing data center hardware and virtual resources through integrated consoles to reduce the strain on IT staff.

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Private Cloud Design and Management: Speeding the Transition to a Responsive, Virtualized Storage Infrastructure

Speaker(s): Rob Griffin
Tuesday, June 12 at 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM in S210A (387)
Architecture & Practices | Breakout Session | 200 - Intermediate

Learn key principles to quickly transform your IT operations into a robust, private cloud. Return home with recommendations for achieving performance, availability, and flexibility through the virtualization of your storage infrastructure. Experience how IT organizations incorporate storage hypervisor functions to rapidly provision resources, dynamically distribute workloads across multiple tiers and types of storage, non-disruptively refresh hardware to expand capacity, while tapping into the latest and most cost-effective disk technologies. Learn how you can leverage and optimize Hyper-V, Clustered Shared Volumes, and Microsoft System Center in your virtualized storage environment. You’ll take away concrete and actionable steps considered standard practice by seasoned colleagues in the IT industry to help you build and enhance your private cloud infrastructure. The session includes a live demonstration and a discussion of various real-world customer scenarios.

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Private Cloud Security Architecture: A Solution for Private Cloud Security

Speaker(s): Tom Shinder, Yuri Diogenes
Tuesday, June 12 at 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM in N320C (600) T-TH
Architecture & Practices | Breakout Session | 300 - Advanced

Cloud computing introduces new opportunities and new challenges. One of those challenges is how security is approached in the private cloud. While private cloud can share a lot of security issues with traditional datacenters, there are a number of key issues that set private cloud security apart from how security is done in the traditional datacenter. In this session, Dr. Tom Shinder and Yuri Diogenes discusses these issues and wrap them in to a comprehensive discussion on private cloud security architecture. By taking an architectural approach to private cloud security, you will be able to understand the critical concepts, principles and patterns that drive a successful security implementation of private cloud.

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Hybrid Computing Is the New Net Norm

Speaker(s): Heath Aubin
Wednesday, June 13 at 1:30 PM - 2:45 PM in S331 (350)
Architecture & Practices | Breakout Session | 200 - Intermediate

Microsoft Service recently gathered subject matter experts and architects actively consulting in the field to research the problem space of Hybrid IT. Hybrid IT is defined as the composition of two or more data center environments (traditional IT, private cloud, or public/host cloud) which are individually unique but are bound together to share or provide services and data. The team discovered that organizations do not set out with a goal of having a “Hybrid” environment. Rather, they are tasked with either going to the public cloud to take advantage of perceived cost reduction or they are looking to centralize services within a disconnected environment thus providing their own private cloud. Come to this session to learn about Microsoft Services strategy, experience, and best practices within this focus area and new term we call Hybrid IT.

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Modern Application Design: Cloud Patterns for Application Architects

Speaker(s): Ulrich Homann
Wednesday, June 13 at 3:15 PM - 4:30 PM in N320E (576)
Architecture & Practices | Breakout Session | 300 - Advanced

How does one build a “modern” application? In this session, learn about the key design patterns ranging from adaptive and insight-driven applications to 'Social'-enabled and aware application design, to Big Data: why HPC is coming to you…Architecture patterns and practices ranging from Enterprise Architecture to design and delivery.

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The Four Pillars of Identity: A Solution for Online Success

Speaker(s): Heath Aubin
Thursday, June 14 at 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM in S320C (628)
Architecture & Practices | Breakout Session | 300 - Advanced

Internet and cloud computing have revolutionized the way people expect to access and share information. To be successful, organizations need to develop a comprehensive identity and access strategy for providing services to diverse groups of people while assuring secure online access, respecting privacy, and complying with regulatory mandates. Today, there is no shortage of standards, products, or solutions which claim to solve all sorts of identity and security challenges. This session is about framing the Four Pillars of Identity (Administration, Authentication, Authorization, and Audit) as guiding principles when designing a robust and effective identity solution. In this session, we cover key industry trends within the identity space, discuss key aspects of an identity strategy and provide you with guidance and Microsoft Services solution examples which will help you as you begin planning your identity architecture.

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The Private Cloud: Building up a Self-Service Catalog

Speaker(s): Mike Resseler
Thursday, June 14 at 10:15 AM - 11:30 AM in S320E (280/556)
Architecture & Practices | Breakout Session | 300 - Advanced

Self-Service is one of the key components in the Private Cloud concept. But how do you start with this? What are you going to offer? Who needs to be involved in such a project? This session is all about the Self-Service layer and guides you through the creating of real-life examples to offer services to your customers.

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Sustainability in Infrastructure Design

Speaker(s): Jeff Stokes
Thursday, June 14 at 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM in N210 (848)
Architecture & Practices | Breakout Session | 300 - Advanced

This session discusses the importance of considering sustainability and supportability needs in IT Architecture projects. Topics to be explored include monitoring, scaling for performance and stability, management of servicing machines en masse in the data center and beyond.

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