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Datacenter & Cloud Practice Accelerators

The Datacenter & Cloud Practice Accelerators are designed to help you build your Datacenter practice with a hybrid cloud platform based on Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure, and System Center 2012 R2.

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Infrastructure & Management

Help Microsoft partners to build, grow, and strengthen Infrastructure and Management practices with Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Microsoft Azure across private and hybrid cloud environments. These materials include practice guidance to deliver consulting engagements (for architecture workshops, assessments, and proof-of-concepts, and production deployments) with a set of tools and collateral for consistent delivery and value to customers in the architecture, design, deployment, and management of private and hybrid cloud environments. This practice accelerator is designed to target both Enterprises and Service Providers.

Key Highlights

  • Azure Architecture Design Patterns which provide proven patterns and design trade-offs for common Azure challenges
  • Cloud Platform Integration Framework: defines key management pillars that allows for fully integrated workloads with the IaaS PLA such as Business Continuity/Disaster Recovery
  • Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Product Line Architecture (PLA) including updated Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure and System Center 2012 R2 guidance
  • Hybrid Cloud architecture and design guidance including Microsoft Azure
  • Step-by-step documentation and PowerShell Deployment Toolkit (PDT) guidance to support the rapid deployment and automation of System Center 2012 R2
  • Complex System Center infrastructure such as multi-datacenter management

Audience: Practice executives, partner consultants, and Technical Decision Makers across Enterprise, SIs, and Service Providers

When to use: During consulting practice to propose, define, structure and manage customer engagements from initial planning to proof-of-concept to production deployment.

Outcome: Private and Hybrid cloud Practice acceleration with consistent and repeatable delivery of infrastructure and management projects.

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Next Steps

  1. Review the six scenarios below.
  2. Download and get familiar with the engagement guidance, tools, and collateral as outlined for each scenario.
  3. Evaluate the System Center management platform using the deployment guidance provided.
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Datacenter & Cloud Infrastructure & Management Practice Guidance

This is the core scenario.

Engagement, design and deployment guidance to support a managed hybrid cloud environment.

The Datacenter Infrastructure and Management Offering, part of the Datacenter Services solution portfolio from Microsoft Services, is designed to help organizations implement technologies that introduce efficiency and agility of cloud computing, along with increased control and management of infrastructure resources.

This offering utilizes Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Product Line Architecture (PLA) from Microsoft Services. This PLA includes patterns that have been identified for the development of a Hybrid cloud infrastructure based on Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft Azure and System Center 2012 R2. By implementing hybrid cloud configurations built on the IaaS PLA, the Datacenter Infrastructure and Management Practice Guidance provides organizations the control and the flexibility required to promote the benefits of Hybrid cloud or lay the foundation for offering services.

Download and get familiar with the engagement guidance, tools, and collateral

These resources are outlined below (and available separately).

Technical Product Sales Collaterals

Pre-engagement tasks & kickoff

Envision

Relevant Documents

  • Engagement kickoff presentation and Project Plan from previous section

Solution Alignment Workshop

Deliverables

Plan

Relevant Documents

  • Solution Alignment Workshops Assessments and Reports: Completed in Envision phase
  • Vision and Scope Document: Developed previously in the Envision phase

Deliverables

Architecture and Design guidance

Build

Relevant Documents

  • Architecture and Design Guidance Documents: Provides the technical guidance for developing the solution and scenarios (from the planning section above)
  • Updated Project Plan Document: Outlines the timelines and resources for deploying the designed solution into production.

Deliverables

  • Functional testing lab environment

Stabilize

Deliverables

  • Pilot deployment of solution components
  • Final Architecture and Design Guidance documents: Modified as required based on pilot/POC results

Deploy

Deliverables

Deploy Solution

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Hybrid Cloud Scenario

Requires the core scenario.

Expand customers’ on-premises private cloud environments to public cloud with Microsoft Azure IaaS capabilities.

Hybrid Cloud Scenario focuses on extending the private cloud to Microsoft Azure or a Microsoft service provider partner to create a hybrid infrastructure. The core element of the Hybrid Cloud scenario is a PLA addendum which covers in significant details around Microsoft Azure IaaS architecture, hybrid deployments of System Center for management, and initial guidance on workload design for Microsoft Azure. This offer also utilizes and requires other offers to complete the full scope: Azure Dev/Test Automation and Datacenter & Cloud Consolidation & Migration Jumpstart.

IMPORTANT: Since the Hybrid scenario covers a wide range of technology and initial engagements will be more of a traditional consulting project (with customer requirements not known ahead of time), it is not as prescriptive as typical offerings. The Hybrid Cloud POC Setup Guide and Engagement Project Plan can be used in conjunction with or independently from the Core Datacenter Infrastructure and Management guidance materials. There is little overlap between the two and the Hybrid scenario assumes either a private cloud has been deployed, or the customer has deployed System Center 2012 R2.

Download and get familiar with the engagement guidance, tools, and collateral

These resources are outlined below (and available separately).

Pre-engagement tasks & kickoff

Envision

Relevant Documents

  • Engagement kickoff presentation and Project Plan from previous section

Solution Alignment Workshop

Deliverables

  • Solution Alignment Workshop Results Report (from above)

Plan

Relevant Documents

  • Solution Alignment Workshops Assessments and Reports: Completed in Envision phase

Deliverables

Architecture and Design guidance

Build

Relevant Documents

Deliverables

  • Functional testing lab environment

Stabilize

Deliverables

  • Pilot deployment of solution components
  • Final Architecture and Design Guidance documents: Modified as required based on pilot/POC results
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Large/Complex System Center Deployment Scenario

Requires the core scenario.

Large/Complex System Center Deployment Scenario focuses on System Center 2012 R2, Operations Manager and System Center 2012 R2 Service Manager. This scenario is designed to accelerate the planning and deployment of Operations Manager and/or Service Manager for customers who are implementing those products individually. Examples include customers planning to use Operations Manager for full enterprise-wide monitoring as opposed to just monitoring IaaS or Customers planning to use Service Manager for their help desk and human process automation.

Download and get familiar with the engagement guidance, tools, and collateral

These resources are outlined below (and available separately).

Pre-engagement tasks & kickoff

Envision

Relevant Documents

  • Engagement kickoff presentation and Project Plan from previous section

Solution Alignment Workshop

Deliverables

Plan

Relevant Documents

  • Solution Alignment Workshops Assessments and Reports: Completed in Envision phase
  • Vision and Scope Document: Developed previously in the Envision phase

Deliverables

Architecture and Design guidance

Build

Relevant Documents

Deliverables

  • Functional testing lab environment

Stabilize

Deliverables

  • Pilot deployment of solution components
  • Final Architecture and Design Guidance documents: Modified as required based on pilot/POC results

Deploy

Deliverables

Deploy Solution

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Large/Complex System Center Deployment Scenario for Operations Manager

Requires the core scenario.

Download and get familiar with the engagement guidance, tools, and collateral

These resources are outlined below (and available separately).

Pre-engagement tasks & kickoff

Envision

Relevant Documents

  • Engagement kickoff presentation and Project Plan from previous section

Solution Alignment Workshop

Deliverables

Plan

Relevant Documents

  • Solution Alignment Workshops Assessments and Reports: Completed in Envision phase
  • Vision and Scope Document: Developed previously in the Envision phase

Deliverables

Architecture and Design guidance

Build

Relevant Documents

Deliverables

  • Functional testing lab environment

Stabilize

Deliverables

  • Pilot deployment of solution components
  • Final Architecture and Design Guidance documents: Modified as required based on pilot/POC results

Deploy

Deliverables

Deploy Solution

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Cloud Platform Integration Framework

Requires the core scenario.

Provides a consistent way to enable key scenarios for workloads on top of the private or hybrid cloud platform. Scenarios: Architecture, Deployment, BCDR, Monitoring, Maintenance, Operations.

The Cloud Platform Integration Framework (CPIF) provides workload integration guidance for onboarding applications into a Microsoft Cloud Solution. CPIF describes how organizations, Microsoft Partners and Solution Integrators should design and deploy Cloud-targeted workloads using the hybrid cloud platform and management capabilities of Azure, System Center and Windows Server.

Architecture

The architecture function of CPIF covers the assumptions, constructs and constraints of public, private and hybrid cloud infrastructures. While technical information around these cloud architectures can be found within the Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Product Line Architecture (PLA) documentation, the composition of these capabilities to support the functional areas found in CPIF is important to provide holistic management for deployed workloads in cloud IaaS and PaaS environments.

Download and get familiar with the engagement guidance, tools, and collateral

These resources are outlined below (and available separately).

Pre-engagement tasks & kickoff

Architecture

Operations

Envision

Relevant Documents

  • Engagement kickoff presentation and Project Plan from previous section

Solution Alignment Workshop

Deliverables

Plan

Relevant Documents

  • Solution Alignment Workshops Assessments and Reports: Completed in Envision phase

  • Vision and Scope Document: Developed previously in the Envision phase

Build

Relevant Documents

  • Architecture and Design Guidance Documents: Provides the technical guidance for developing the solution and scenarios (from the planning section above)

Deliverables

  • Functional testing lab environment

Stabilize

Deliverables

  • Pilot deployment of solution components
  • Final Architecture and Design Guidance documents: Modified as required based on pilot/POC results

Deploy

Deliverables

Deploy Solution

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