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Microsoft and Dell Launch Solution for Private Cloud

10/21/2014

Yesterday Microsoft officially announced the availability of the CPS product (Cloud Platform System) which are racks of servers, storage and network ready with Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center and Windows Azure Pack: http://news.microsoft.com/2014/10/20/CloudDayPR/

For technical details on how the solution works, this post http://blogs.technet.com/b/windowsserver/archive/2014/10/20/unveiling-the-microsoft-cloud-platform-system-powered-by-dell.aspx?amp brings interesting information.

Basically it’s a rack packaged with solution ready for use, and can reach 4 racks:

CPS is a pre-pre-deployed, integrated, Microsoft validated solution built on Dell hardware, Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center R2 and Windows Azure 2012 Pack. It combines the efficiency and agility of cloud computing, along with the increased control and customization achieved in virtualized, multi-tenant environments. CPS scales from a single rack to up to four racks and is optimized for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS for Windows and Linux) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) style deployments.

Let’s take a closer look at CPS

At the hardware layer, the customer can deploy CPS in increments from one to four racks.Each rack has

  • 512 colors across 32 servers (each with a dual socket Intel Ivy Bridge, E5-2650v2 CPU)
  • 8 TB of RAM with 256 GB per server
  • 282 TB of usable storage
  • 1360 Gb/s of internal rack connectivity
  • 560 Gb/s of inter-rack connectivity
  • Up to 60 Gb/s connectivity to the external world

A single rack can support up to 2000 VM’s (2 vCPU, 1.75 GB RAM, and 50 GB disk). You can scale up to 8000 VM’s using a full stamp with four of these racks. Of course customers have the flexibility of choosing their VM dimensions, as we have seen with the private preview deployments with CPS.

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