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Cloud OS Network: Tieto och Microsoft stärker sitt samarbete

Tieto går med i Microsofts Cloud OS Network för att ytterligare utveckla tjänsterna i Tieto Productivity Cloud, som erbjuds i de nordiska länderna. Cloud OS Network är ett globalt konsortium bestående av molntjänstleverantörer som har tagit till sig Microsoft Cloud OS-visionen.  Dessa organisationer erbjuder lösningar för infrastruktur och produktivitetstjänster som baseras på Microsoft validerade plattform utformad för att uppfylla företagens affärsbehov. Avtalet gör det möjligt för Tieto att fortsätta utveckla lösningar på Microsofts molnplattform.

Nätverkets medlemmar kombinerar branschledande Microsoftteknik med den egna expertisen inom datadrift och geografisk expertis, för att ge kunderna full flexibilitet och omfattande valmöjligheter för en hybrid datacenterlösning.

“Våra kunder söker den bästa leveransmodellen för sina Microsoftbaserade lösningar. Tieto kan stödja kunden i deras egna dedikerade miljö, i en privat molnlösning i Tieto Productivity Cloud, i Microsofts publika moln eller i en hybridlösning som kombinerar dem. Tieto Productivity Cloud, baserat på Microsofts molnplattform, möjliggör en fullserviceleverans över olika molnlösningar med sömlösa övergångar, ” säger Mikko Pulkkinen, Vice President, Managed Services, Shared Services, Tieto.

Microsofts molnplattform ger en enhetlig infrastruktur över kunders egna datacenter, Windows Azure, och tjänsteleverantörsmolnlösningar. Detta ger kunderna fler valmöjligheter och större flexibilitet än från någon annan molnleverantör i branschen. “Medlemmar i Cloud OS Network tillhandahåller en pålitlig Microsoftplattform för molnlösningar. Genom att säkerställa en stringens i olika miljöer samt erbjuda möjligheten att välja från en mängd moln – publika, partnerdriftade eller hybrida – erbjuder Tieto kunderna flexibla molnlösningar som bäst motsvarar deras behov,” säger Takeshi Numoto, Corporate Vice President, Server and Tools Marketing, Microsoft. 

Kunderna kan välja en kombination av tjänster som Microsoft Sharepoint, Microsoft Exchange, Microsoft Lync, Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft BizTalk, Microsoft Active Directory och Microsoft Dynamics CRM-tjänster  vilka kan levereras i en hybrid molnlösning.

 

 

 

Microsoft Cloud OS Network lanseras idag

Idag lanseras Microsoft Cloud OS Network, ett globalt konsortium av mer än 25 molntjänsteleverantörer som tillhandahåller tjänster som bygger på Microsoft Cloud Platform: Windows Server med Hyper-V, System Center och Windows Azure Pack.

 

Företagen som gått med i nätverket ställer sig bakom Microsofts Cloud OS vision om en enhetlig plattform som spänner över kunddatacenter, Windows Azure och leverantörsmoln. Medlemmarna i Cloud OS Network erbjuder Microsoft-validerad, molnbaserad infrastruktur och applikationslösningar som är utformade för att möta kundernas behov.

 

Läs mer om Cloud OS Network i den internationella Microsoftbloggen. Om du är nyfiken på att höra leverantörernas perspektiv så berättar Telecomputing om sitt engagemang här.

 

Telecomputing går med i Microsoft Cloud OS Network

Telecomputing meddelar idag att de går med i det globala molninitiativet Microsoft Cloud OS Network, för att erbjuda ökad produktivitet och flexibilitet. Microsoft Cloud OS Network har många molntjänstleverantörer anslutna över hela världen och Telecomputing är en av de första i Sverige att ansluta sig till nätverket. Alliansen gör det möjligt för Telecomputing att kombinera sina lokala produkter och tjänster med Microsofts molnplattform, vilket ger nordiska kunder hög flexibilitet och lösningar som är anpassade efter deras behov.

 

“Genom att gå med i Cloud OS Network kan vi erbjuda våra kunder Microsofts marknadsledande molnplattform och integrera detta med lokala tjänster som behövs för att möta nordiska marknaden och lagkrav. Det nya erbjudandet ger kunderna flexibla molnlösningar baserade på den senaste Microsofttekniken, samtidigt som kostnaderna hålls till ett minimum” säger Kjell Tore Espeseth, CTO på Telecomputing.

 

Cloud OS Network är ett globalt konsortium av 25 molntjänstleverantörer som tillhandahåller tjänster baserade på Microsofts molnplattform, inklusive Windows Server 2012 R2 med Hyper-V, System Center 2012 R2 och Windows Azure Pack. Leverantörerna stöder Microsofts Cloud OS-vision om en enhetlig plattform för infrastruktur, applikationer och data som sträcker sig över kundernas datacenter, Windows Azure och leverantörers moln.

 

“Vi ser en ökad efterfrågan på flexibla och dynamiska molntjänster och fokuserar på att leverera mervärdestjänster till den nordiska marknaden som uppfyller dessa behov. Genom att gå med i Cloud OS Network kan vi snabbt och kostnadseffektivt utveckla nya tjänster, locka nya kunder och öka intäkterna,” säger Espeseth.

 

Telecomputing kan nu erbjuda gränslösa datacenter för applikationer, data och device management. Det innebär att kunderna kan fokusera på sin kärnverksamhet istället för att hantera ett datacenter.

 

”Genom att kunder kan nyttja en välkänd plattform baserad på Windows Server Hyper-V, System Center och Windows Azure Pack när de arbetar med en driftsleverantörs tjänster, ger Cloud OS Network fördelen av molntjänster på kundens egna villkor. Som partner i Cloud OS Network kan Telecomputing uppfylla kunders växande behov av konkurrenskraftiga hybridlösningar som är både flexibla och
kostnadseffektiva,” säger Anders Wendt, Produktchef Datacenter på Microsoft Sverige.

 

För mer information, vänligen kontakta:

Telecomputing AS : Kjell Tore Espeseth, CTO, tlf : +47 93 48 37 62

Microsoft AB: Anders Wendt, Produktchef Datacenter, andersw@microsoft.com

Get the “Scoop” on Hyper-V during VMworld

VMworld kicks off this week in San Francisco. I happen to know a few loyal VMware IT professionals, and the event is clearly a very exciting time of the year for them – an opportunity to meet other fellow enthusiasts, as well as to learn more about new releases from VMware. But I wonder if they would ever expect to learn more about Microsoft technologies such as Hyper-V and System Center while attending the event. Well, that’s what we’re going to make happen this year, albeit a little creatively.

Before I go into more details, let me first address the most obvious question that VMworld attendees (and IT professionals that are familiar with VMware) are probably asking right now – “why would I want to learn about Hyper-V while attending VMworld?” The answer is simple – to help their careers as technology professionals. Research shows that over 70% of businesses now have more than one virtualization platform in their IT environment. As you can imagine, this trend is opening up opportunities for IT professionals that are familiar with more than one virtualization platform. And if you look at the market data, it is clear that Hyper-V is the one to watch (and try!) . In fact, Microsoft is quickly catching up with VMware in terms of hyper-visor share. IDC data shows that over the last 3 years, Hyper-V has grown usage share 4 times faster than ESX/vSphere.

This progress in the marketplace is no accident. We have gone from strength to strength with successive releases of Windows Server and System Center, and our solution boasts a number of features that surprise IT professionals, especially those that have not looked our way recently. Do you fall in that camp? If so, did you know that:

  • Get the scoop on Hyper-V at VMworldHyper-V in Windows Server 2012 supports twice the physical memory, twice the number of active VMs per host, and 32 times the maximum virtual disk size compared to vSphere 5.1?
  • Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 include network and storage virtualization solutions at no extra charge?
  • The storage enhancements in Windows Server 2012 can help you reduce your high availability storage costs by almost half[1]?
  • In a recent benchmarking test, ESG found that a single server running 12 Hyper-V VMs could support the requirements of 48,000 Exchange users[2]?
  • With System Center 2012, you can manage hypervisors from multiple vendors, as well as VMs running in off-premises/public cloud environments?
  • With the software defined networking features in Windows Server and System Center, you can achieve complete VM mobility without having to purchase an expensive add-ons and additional technologies?
  • Using System Center’s integration with Visual Studio, you can isolate root causes of application performance issues right down to the code level, and triage them directly to the development team?

Now, back to VMworld, and our presence there. If you are a VMworld 2013 attendee, and would like to learn more about the progress we have made, we invite you to a free scoop of San Francisco’s finest frozen custard and some casual conversation with our technical experts at our frozen custard stand, located just a block away from Moscone center (201 2nd Street from Noon – 4 pm, to be exact). And needless to say, you are welcome even if you just want the custard!

Varun Chhabra
Senior Product Marketing Manager, Server and Tools


[1] Source: ESG Lab Review Report: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Storage Performance and Cost Analysis, July 2013

[2] Source: ESG Report: Exchange 2013 on Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V Performance Testing 

Enabling Management of Open Source Software in System Center Using Standards

July 24th, 2013 No comments

This post is a part of the nine-part “What’s New in Windows Server & System Center 2012 R2” series that is featured on Brad Anderson’s In the Cloud blog.  Today’s blog post covers standards-based management of open source software with System Center and how it applies to Brad’s larger topic of “Transforming the Datacenter.”  To read that post and see the other technologies discussed, read today’s post:  “What’s New in 2012 R2:  Enabling Open Source Software.”

Whether in the public cloud with Windows Azure, the private cloud with Windows Server and System Center, or a hybrid of both, running and managing open source workloads (such as Linux and JEE applications) is a key tenant of Microsoft cloud solutions. In this post, we will review the standards-based management approach used in System Center to manage open source software, take a detailed look at the management implementation in the UNIX/Linux agents for Operations Manager and Configuration Manager, and introduce System Center 2012 R2 improvements to these agents.

System Center 2012 R2 and Management of Open Source Software

System Center 2012 R2 is a great solution for management of the heterogeneous private cloud with Windows, Linux and UNIX workloads running side by side. With System Center 2012 R2, the portfolio of heterogeneous management capabilities has been substantially expanded and now encompasses:

  • Inventorying and deploying software to Linux and UNIX with Configuration Manager
  • Monitoring UNIX and Linux computers and services with Operations Manager
  • Monitoring JEE Application Servers on Linux, UNIX, and Windows with Operations Manager
  • Deploying Linux virtual machines and services with Virtual Machine Manager (and Windows Server Hyper-V)
  • Backing up Linux virtual machines with Data Protection manager

In enabling the heterogeneous management features of System Center, our focus is on standards-based management. Open standards such as Common Information Model (CIM) and WS-Management play a key role in many of the heterogeneous management capabilities of System Center.

One of the primary benefits of a standards-based approach is that different implementations of similar technologies can be uniformly presented and managed. For example, a Linux server, AIX server, and Windows server may have very different implementations for identifying and reporting on operating system resources and performance (such as processor inventory and utilization), but by managing each of these servers through a management implementation based on CIM, the administrator or management software does not need to understand the specific architectures, APIs, and all details of each operating system’s conventions and implementations. Rather, a common interface and model is used to uniformly present key performance indicators and inventory. In turn, this allows management software, such as System Center, to tightly integrate management for a variety of platforms, with consistent presentation and experience throughout.

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Figure 1 – A Linux Server Monitored in System Center 2012 R2 – Operations Manager

Implementing the Standards-Based Approach

In System Center 2012 R2, we continue our commitment to standards-based management of open source workloads, and have made a significant improvement in this regard by implementing a common CIM server in both the Operations Manager and Configuration Manager agents for UNIX and Linux.

In the Windows realm, a consistent CIM implementation has been available since the introduction of WMI (as far back as NT 4.0). Likewise, WS-Management (or WS-Man) has been available for Windows in Windows Server 2003 and beyond. However, expanding common management capabilities to a broad array of UNIX and Linux operating systems (and architectures) with these standards required new implementations.

The UNIX and Linux agents for Operations Manager consist of a CIM Object Manager (i.e. CIM Server), and a set of CIM Providers. The CIM Object Manager is the “server” component that implements the WS-Management communication, authentication, authorization and dispatch of requests to the providers. The providers are the key to the CIM implementation in the agent, defining the CIM classes and properties, interfacing with the kernel APIs to retrieve raw data, formatting the data (e.g. calculating deltas and averages), and servicing the requests dispatched from the CIM Object Manager. From System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 through System Center 2012 SP1, the CIM Object Manager used in the Operations Manager UNIX and Linux agents is the OpenPegasus server. The providers used to collect and report monitoring data are developed by Microsoft, and open-sourced at CodePlex.com.

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Figure 2- Software Architecture of the Operations Manager UNIX/Linux Agent

This CIM/WS-Man standards-based approach also brings benefits to the agent implementation itself. The resulting management agent is lightweight, with a small footprint and low impact to the monitored host. Additionally, such a CIM server and provider implementation is quite portable, allowing it to be consistently implemented across a broad matrix of UNIX and Linux operating system distros, versions, and architectures – while returning monitoring data with a uniform presentation. Lastly, the standards-based approach enables the Operations Manager server to UNIX/Linux agent communication with well-defined protocols (WS-Man over HTTPS) and established interfaces (WinRM).

A very similar agent software architecture is employed in the UNIX and Linux agents for Configuration Manager, first available in the System Center 2012 SP1 product. Like the Operations Manager UNIX and Linux agents, the Configuration Manager UNIX and Linux agents implement a lightweight CIM Object Manager and set of providers. While the Operations Manager agent providers are focused on system monitoring metrics, the Configuration Manager agent providers enable scenarios such as hardware inventory.

By adopting a standards-based approach to enabling and managing open source software, System Center 2012 R2 is able to deliver consistency in the standards, protocols, and management interfaces that are employed in managing Windows Server workloads and open source software.

Introducing Open Management Infrastructure in System Center

With System Center 2012 R2, UNIX/Linux agents for both Configuration Manager and Operations Manager are now based on a fully consistent implementation of Open Management Infrastructure (OMI) as their CIM Object Manager. In the case of the Operations Manager UNIX/Linux agents, OMI is replacing OpenPegasus. Like OpenPegasus, OMI is an open-source, lightweight, and portable CIM Object Manager implementation – though it is certainly lighter in weight and more portable than OpenPegasus.

An excellent introduction to OMI can be found on the Windows Server Blog, but some of the key features of OMI include:

  • Very small footprint (the package size for Operations Manager UNIX/Linux agents has been reduced by half)
  • Highly portable
  • Simple provider extensibility

While these are immediately realized benefits in the System Center 2012 R2 UNIX and Linux agents, perhaps the most significant and exciting benefit of OMI can be found in the promise of real and broad cross-platform and standards-based management. OMI has been designed not just to be portable between UNIX, Linux and Windows, but also for devices and embedded systems. As an example, both Cisco and Arista are working on WS-Man/CIM implementations for network device management with OMI. Given the possibility of using a single protocol or mechanism to manage network and storage devices, baseboard management controllers and Windows, UNIX, and Linux servers, one can quickly imagine the scenarios this could unlock in the automation-centric cloud world we now live in. OMI’s portability and standards-based implementation open this management opportunity to a potentially incredible array of managed devices and entities and management platforms and tools with streamlined interoperability. Thusly, it is easy to see why OMI is a foundational implementation element of the Datacenter Abstraction Layer (DAL) concept.

Further discussion of some of the management scenarios that OMI, and a link to a great demo, can be found the PowerShell Team Blog.

Summary

As we continue to broaden the portfolio of management capabilities for open source software in System Center 2012 R2, we are reaffirming our commitment to open standards-based management, and aligning with exciting new models developing in the cloud era. The availability of OMI, and its adoption into the System Center agents for UNIX and Linux is another step forward in the realm of standards-based management. Now, a CIM and WS-Man based implementation used for management of Windows and Linux/UNIX can extend even broader to devices, embedded systems, and applications. This benefits the System Center user, as we continue to provide consistent experiences regardless of the managed platform, and this benefits the management ecosystem – as additional management providers and management tools can more fully and capably interoperate.

To see all of the posts in this series, check out the What’s New in Windows Server & System Center 2012 R2 archive

Hyper-V Surge! June 30 Deadline is Coming Fast – Microsoft Partners Act Now!

We wanted to make sure and remind the Microsoft Partner community that the Hyper-V Surge! program is happening right now.  This incentive program is for a limited time so don’t be late.  If you are wondering what the “Hyper-V Surge!” promotion is, here’s a great description:

“Partners who submit eligible claims will receive $500 cash back for every Windows Server Datacenter Edition license that is activated with Hyper-V and $150 cash back for every Windows Server Standard Edition license that is activated with Hyper-V.”

As a Microsoft partner, you have a huge opportunity today to grow revenue by helping SMB customers virtualize their infrastructures. With the Hyper-V Surge Offer, you can boost your margins above those of competitive solutions. And even more important, with that money your customers are not spending on other costly virtualization products, you can open new opportunities to sell your services.

Next Steps

  1. Register on the online portal and review the Terms & Conditions of the offer.
  2. Use the materials provided to communicate the benefits of virtualization to your customers and the cost savings they could realize by virtualizing on Microsoft Hyper-V.
  3. Register your qualified deals and submit required documentation.
  4. Email Hyper-VSurge@microsoft.com or call (800) 735-5232, for any question on the offer. 

Windows Server Hyper-V is now a hypervisor for FreeBSD

August 9th, 2012 No comments

As noted on the Openness@Microsoft blog this morning by Anandeep Pannu, Senior Program Manager for the Open Source Technical Center:

Today, Microsoft and partners NetApp and Citrix are excited to announce the availability of FreeBSD support for Windows Server Hyper-V. This collaboration, announced at BSDCAN 2012, will help more customers adopt virtualization and move toward cloud computing. Microsoft is committed to supporting multiple platforms with its server virtualization solution so that more organizations can take advantage of server consolidation cost-savings and build foundations for private, public and hybrid cloud computing.

This release, which includes 8,500 lines of code released under the BSD license, is the result of collaboration between Microsoft, NetApp, and Citrix to enable FreeBSD to run as a first-class guest on Windows Server Hyper-V. My colleague Peter Galli had a blog post this spring about the announcement of this goal, and it’s great to see this work come to fruition so quickly! For further background, check out the interview with Joe CaraDonna, Technical Director of Core Operating Systems at NetApp, in which he described how this project would “round out the FreeBSD virtualization story and make the FreeBSD operating system a more compelling offering.”

FreeBSD is the latest in a growing list of open-source operating systems and open-source cloud projects that work with Hyper-V, including SUSE, CentOS, Red Hat, Cs2C, OpenStack, and OpenNebula. This wide range of options makes it easier for customers to take advantage of server virtualization, enabling a variety of cloud computing and hybrid computing scenarios.

For more information about today’s announcement, see the blog post on Openness@Microsoft as well as the documentation and downloads available from the freebsdonhyper-v project on Github. The FreeBSD drivers are being prepared for inclusion in the FreeBSD core, and there will soon be available ISO images with preinstalled drivers for the latest releases of FreeBSD (based on community feedback).

Congratulations to all involved in reaching this important milestone! We’re looking forward to more good news from the FreeBSD on Hyper-V team going forward.

Doug Mahugh
Senior Technical Evangelist
Microsoft Open Technologies, Inc.

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FreeBSD to run as a first-class guest on Windows Server Hyper-V

May 11th, 2012 No comments

Today, at BSDCan 2012, Microsoft and partners NetApp and Citrix announced upcoming native support for FreeBSD support on Windows Server Hyper-V.

This move continues our commitment to extend support across platforms to the Windows Server Hyper-V solution, making it easier for more customers to realize the benefits of server virtualization and more easily adopt cloud computing.

This will allow FreeBSD to run as a first-class guest on Windows Server Hyper-V. The drivers and associated source code will be released early this summer under the BSD license, and will initially work with FreeBSD 8.2 and 8.3 on Windows Server 2008 R2.

You can read more about this on the Openness blog.

Joe CaraDonna, the Technical Director of Core Operating Systems at NetApp, says in an interview that he was thrilled to have had the opportunity to work with Microsoft and Citrix to deliver Windows Server Hyper-V support to FreeBSD.

“I think the combination of these virtualization technologies helps round-out the FreeBSD virtualization story, and makes the FreeBSD operating system a more compelling offering.”

He also notes how committed Microsoft is to open source initiatives: “we decided from the very beginning that we were going to open source the code under the BSD license. No strings attached. They were as eager as us to support the project, and then give the code away. How cool is that?”

You can read the full interview here.

We just released the Hyper-V™ Security Guide!

April 1st, 2009 Comments off

The new Hyper-V Security Guide has been released. It provides methods and best practices to strengthen the security of computers running the Hyper-V role on Windows Server® 2008. The guide covers the following three topics:

Hardening Hyper-V
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The Hyper-V Security Guide

February 12th, 2009 Comments off

The benefits of virtualization are more evident than ever. Microsoft Hyper-V™ technology allows consolidation of workloads that are currently spread across multiple underutilized servers onto a smaller number of servers. This capability provides you with…(read more)

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