Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track = slow start

At november 14 2010 I reported on a new program based on Hyper-V called Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track.
Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track is a complete turn key deployment solution delivered from 6 server vendors (Dell, IBM, HP are three) which enables customers to quickly deploy cloud computing with reduced risk for technical issues by purchasing a virtualized infrastructure designed with best practices of Microsoft and the hardware vendor. Customers can build the infrastructure themselves based on reference architecture or use one of the many partners of the server vendor.

Hyper-V and Cloud in one solution name is interesting as currently Microsoft does not offer a real cloud computing solution for Infrastructure as a Service. Server virtualization, being able to run multiple workloads on a physical host and being able to manage the workloads and hosts is a less mature IT-infrastructure than a cloud computing platform delivering IaaS.
So cloud in the name of the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track  should deliver more than just Hyper-V R2 and SCVMM2008 right?

Microsoft partners with 6 hardware vendors to deliver the Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track program. Part of the program is a reference architecture describing how Microsoft Hyper-V, SCVMM, server hardware and storage are installed according best practices of Microsoft and the vendor. Details can be read in this blogposting called Hyper-V Cloud Program for private cloud published at technet.com in November 2010. It states:
” HP, Dell and IBM have reference architectures available today, and the other 3 will be available shortly. ”

Well, it is now January 19th and it has become very quite since all the publicity around Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track in November. I tried to find any reference architecture which looks like a cloud solution but did not find anything new. Dell has some architecture based on Hyper-V and SCVMM 2008, which does not even get  close to a IaaS or Cloud solution.

So is  Hyper-V Cloud Fast Track a real Infrastructure as a Service solution to quicky enable your own private cloud or is it just ‘ new wine in old bottles’ ?

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About Marcel van den Berg
I am a technical consultant with a strong focus on server virtualization, desktop virtualization, cloud computing and business continuity/disaster recovery.

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