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					Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Planning
Summary Report




Created By: Microsoft Assessment and Planning Toolkit

Date: Thursday, December 08, 2011
Use of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) tool is completely voluntary on the part of the end user. The information,
hardware assessment, or reports contained within or generated by use of the MAP tool are for informational purposes only and
Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the MAP tool or the accuracy of any information or hardware
assessments generated as a result of its usage. Additionally, use of the MAP tool cannot be understood as substituting for
customized service and information that might be developed by Microsoft Corporation for a particular user based upon that user's
particular environment.




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Table of Contents
Executive Overview......................................................................................... 1
     Where Is Your Organization Today? ................................................................ 1
Introduction .................................................................................................... 2
Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Program Description ................................. 3
     The Program ................................................................................................ 3
     Business Benefits ......................................................................................... 3
Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Key Technologies ...................................... 3
     Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Technology ................................................. 4
     Windows Server 2008 R2 Features ................................................................. 4
          Failover Clustering .................................................................................. 4
          Server Core............................................................................................ 4
          Windows PowerShell ............................................................................... 4
          Windows Deployment Services ................................................................. 5
     Management Technologies ............................................................................. 5
          System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 ....................................... 5
          System Center Operations Manager .......................................................... 5
          System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0 .................... 5
          Opalis.................................................................................................... 5
          System Center Data Protection Manager .................................................... 6
Assessment Results Summary ........................................................................ 6
     Fast Track Configuration................................................................................ 6
     Consolidation Recommendations .................................................................... 7
          Server Virtualization ................................................................................ 7
          Management Technology ......................................................................... 7
Conclusion ...................................................................................................... 7
Next Steps ...................................................................................................... 8




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Executive Overview
This proposal describes the benefits of deploying Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track based private cloud.
It offers detailed deployment and sizing recommendations based on key performance metrics and
detailed hardware specifications of each server that the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) tool
inventoried across the network.
In addition to this proposal, the MAP tool generated a Microsoft® Excel® workbook as a separate detailed
report that provides detailed sizing and planning results.
 Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Consolidation Report This workbook provides summary and
     detailed results of the sizing and placement of workloads on the Fast Track infrastructure – both base
     and maximum configuration results are included.
The recommendations that the MAP tool provides are for planning purposes and for an initial assessment
of your private cloud opportunity. Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 Enterprise
Edition is recommended for performing an in depth analysis of server placement.
More information about Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 is available at
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=106525.


Where Is Your Organization Today?
Using the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Wizard, you specified the Fast Track configuration for your
planning purposes and imported a list of computer names to include in the assessment.
Based on these inputs, the assessment was performed for 65 devices. The assessment identified 65
candidate(s) for deployment on Fast Track base configuration, using Hyper-V R2 SP1 technology, on the
specified hardware configuration. If the hardware is upgraded to the Fast Track max configuration, 65
devices can be deployed.


Table 1. Operation Summary Of Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Consolidation

Categories                                                                   Count
Number of Windows Servers Discovered                                         248
Number of Windows Servers that have performance counters and                 44
inventory data collected successfully
Number of Windows Servers that failed to collect performance data or         204
inventory data
Number of devices requested for Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track           65
Consolidation
Number of devices that are placed into base configuration infrastructure     65
successfully
Number of devices that cannot be placed into a base configuration            0
infrastructure
Number of infrastructures required with the base configuration               2
Number of devices that are placed into max configuration infrastructure      65
successfully
Number of devices that cannot be placed into a max configuration             0



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infrastructure
Number of infrastructures required with the max configuration                    1


There are 0 computers that could not be included (placed) in the consolidation recommendation for Fast
Track base configuration. Of that group, 0 computers are unplaced because of insufficient data
(performance or inventory data could not be collected). If Fast Track max configuration is used, there are
0 devices could not be placed. Refer to the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Consolidation workbook
for the specific reasons why a computer wasn’t placed in the consolidation recommendation.

The assessment shows that 65 physical machines and 0 virtual machines can be consolidated to 2 Fast
Track with base configuration. For upgrade experience, 1 Fast Track with max configurations is/are
required to host 65 machines. The following figure shows the resulting environment after consolidation:
 70

 60

 50

 40
                                                                                     Virtual Machines
 30
                                                                                     Physical Machines

 20

 10

  0
       Before Consolidation    After Consolidation   After Consolidation
                                With Base Config      With Max Config
Figure 1. Physical machine and virtual machine counts before and after consolidation


Introduction
The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Program is a joint effort between Microsoft and its partner original
equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to help organizations quickly develop and implement private clouds,
while reducing both the cost and the risk. It provides a reference architecture that combines Microsoft
software, consolidated guidance, and validated configurations with partner technology—such as compute,
network and storage architectures, and value-added software components.
The private cloud model provides much of the efficiency and agility of cloud computing along with the
increased control and customization achieved through dedicated private resources. With the Microsoft
Private Cloud Fast Track program, Microsoft and its hardware partners provide organizations both the
control and the flexibility required to reap the full benefits of the private cloud.




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Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Program
Description
The Program
Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track solutions provide a turnkey approach for delivering preconfigured and
validated implementations of the private cloud. With local control over data and operations, IT
professionals can dynamically pool, allocate, and manage resources for agile infrastructures-as-a-service
(IaaS). In addition, business unit managers can deploy line-of-business applications with speed and
consistency using self-provisioning (and decommissioning) and automated data center services in a
virtualized environment.


Business Benefits
The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Program provides reference architecture for building private
clouds on each organization’s unique terms. Each fast-track solution helps organizations implement
private clouds with increased ease and confidence. Among the benefits of the Microsoft Private Cloud
Fast Track Program are faster deployment, reduced risk, and a lower cost of ownership.
Faster deployment:
       End-to-end architectural and deployment guidance
       Streamlined infrastructure planning due to predefined capacity
       Enhanced functionality and automation through deep knowledge of infrastructure
       Integrated management for virtual machine (VM) and infrastructure deployment
       Self-service portal for rapid and simplified provisioning of resources
Reduced risk:
       Tested, end-to-end interoperability of compute, storage, and network
       Predefined, out-of-box solutions based on a common cloud architecture that has already been
        tested and validated
       High degree of service availability through automated load balancing
Lower cost of ownership:
       A cost-optimized, platform and software-independent solution for rack system integration
       High performance and scalability with Windows Server 2008 R2 operating system advanced
        platform editions of Hyper-V technology
       Minimized backup times and fulfilled recovery time objectives for each business critical
        environment


Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Key
Technologies
Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track is built upon key technologies from Windows Server 2008 R2 and
System Center.




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Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V Technology
Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V technology provides the ability to virtualize both 32-bit and 64-bit
server platforms. It supports a broad array of Microsoft and non-Microsoft operating systems, and
optimizes its utilization of the virtualization host hardware. Hyper-V technology provides the following
features:
 Live Migration allows you to move running VMs from one Hyper-V physical host to another without
    any disruption of service or perceived downtime.
 Cluster Shared Volumes enable multiple Windows Servers to access SAN storage using a single
    consistent namespace for all volumes on all hosts.
 Dynamic Memory to increase VM density per server and improve utilization (available in Windows
    Server 2008 R2 SP1)
 Dynamic VM storage allows hot plug-in and hot removal of storage while a VM is running.
 SMP support for up to four logical processors.
 Support for large memory allocation per virtual machine.
 Pass-through disk access and broad support for SAN and internal disk access.
 Virtual switch capabilities and support for the Windows Network Load Balancing (NLB) server.
 Improved access and utilization of hardware resources on the virtualization host.
 Quick migration from physical to virtual.
 Ability to snapshot a running virtual machine for improved backup and recoverability.
 Extensible platform for software vendors and developers to build custom tools, utilities, and
    enhancements to the virtualization platform.

The features of Hyper-V provide a platform that is highly scalable, easily managed, and very reliable.


Windows Server 2008 R2 Features
The core Windows Server 2008 platform provides many features to vastly enhance the security, reliability,
and performance of your virtualized environment. This section describes some of the new or updated
features in Windows Server.

Failover Clustering
Failover clustering is vastly enhanced with Windows Server 2008 and is a core feature in your virtualized
environment. The clustering technology is now easier to configure, self-validating, more reliable (quorum
resource is no longer a single point of failure), and better integrated with your storage solution. The
storage features include adding disks to the cluster while the resources are online, better performance
and stability, larger disk partitions, and the ability to perform storage maintenance with less disruption to
the cluster.

Server Core
Server Core is a new installation option with Windows Server 2008. It provides a minimal environment for
running specific server roles. This minimal environment reduces system resource requirements and
maintenance. When Hyper-V is deployed on a Windows Server 2008 Server Core installation, only the
services and files required for virtualization are installed on the virtualization host. This frees up more
resources for your virtual machines, and provides a more secure and manageable platform compared to
a full installation.

Windows PowerShell
Windows PowerShell™ is a new command-line shell and scripting language that you can use to
streamline and automate server administration tasks. Windows PowerShell provides 130 standard
command-line tools and is easy to adopt, learn, and use.

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Windows Deployment Services
Windows Deployment Services is a way to rapidly and remotely deploy Windows Server on new virtual
machines. For more information and a link to the Microsoft Deployment Toolkit to help you automate your
deployment and provisioning process, see the Deployment TechCenter.


Management Technologies
The System Center family of management technologies provides the best tools for managing your IT
environment and virtualized infrastructure. For more information about any of the technologies described
in this section, see the System Center site at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=106526.
This section provides more information about specific System Center products that you can use to
manage your virtual environment.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2
Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 provides a straightforward and cost-effective solution for the unified
management of physical computers and virtual machines, consolidation of underutilized physical servers,
and rapid provisioning of new virtual machines. It provides the following features:
 Easy identification of consolidation candidates.
 Fast and reliable physical-to-virtual and virtual-to-virtual machine conversion.
 Intelligent placement of virtual machines per virtual machine host.
 Cross-Platform support for VMware ESX Infrastructure virtualization technology.
 Centralized administration of your virtual infrastructure.
 Rapid provisioning of virtual machines.
 Library of stored virtual machines and resource configurations.
 Auto-detection of SAN infrastructures and storage infrastructure provisioning tools.
 Physical and virtual machine monitoring from a single console.
 Fully scriptable using Windows PowerShell.
 Active Directory® Domain Services integration.

System Center Operations Manager
System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 provides end-to-end service management that is easy to
customize and extend. It includes the management of critical services; application, client, and server
monitoring; and a wide variety of management packs and service templates to extend monitoring
capabilities.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager Self-Service Portal 2.0
VMMSSP 2.0 can be used to pool, allocate, and manage resources to offer infrastructure as a service
and to deliver the foundation for a private cloud platform inside your datacenter. VMMSSP includes a
pre-built web-based user interface that has sections for both the datacenter managers and the business
unit IT consumers, with role-based access control. VMMSSP also includes a dynamic provisioning
engine. VMMSSP reduces the time needed to provision infrastructures and their components by offering
business unit “on-boarding,” infrastructure request and change management.

Opalis
Opalis is an automation platform for orchestrating and integrating IT tools to drive down the cost of
datacenter operations, while improving the reliability of IT processes. It enables IT organizations to
automate best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and Information
Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). This is achieved through workflow processes that coordinate
System Center and other management tools to automate incident response, change and compliance, and
service-lifecycle management processes.


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System Center Data Protection Manager
The updated version of System Center Data Protection Manager provides extended disk-based backup
and recovery capabilities to such Microsoft applications as Microsoft SQL Server®, Microsoft Exchange
Server, and Windows SharePoint® Services.


Assessment Results Summary
The assessment results summary contains the following information:
 Fast Track Configuration
 Consolidation recommendations

Fast Track Configuration
When you ran the Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track Wizard, you provided the hardware configuration
(model) for the Fast Track. This model is used for each of the number of Fast Track infrastructure and
number of hosts within the infrastructure for placement of all identified workloads. If the specified model
server does not have sufficient hardware resources for some workloads, servers with those workloads will
be unplaced. If you have a large number of unplaced servers due to insufficient resources on the
virtualization host, run the wizard again and increase the hardware resources specified for the
virtualization host model.

Table 2. Fast Track Configuration
Infrastructure/Host Configuration Setting       Base Configuration           Maximum
                                                                             Configuration
---Infrastructure Details---
Infrastructure Name                             Base Config                  Max Config
Virtualization Technology                       Hyper-V R2 SP1               Hyper-V R2 SP1
Number of Hosts                                 6                            12
Total SAN Storage (TB)                          250                          1000
Total IOPS                                      25000                        75000
Total Network Throughput (Gbps)                 20                           10

---Host Details---
CPU                                             Intel Xeon X5680             Intel Xeon X5680
Processor Speed (GHz)                           3.33                         3.33
Number of Processors                            2                            2
Number of Cores per Processor                   6                            6
Hyperthreads per Core                           2                            2
L2 Cache Size (KB)                              256                          256
L3 Cache Size (KB)                              12288                        12288
Bus Speed (MHz)                                 1333                         1333
Memory (GB)                                     64.00                        93.75
Total IOPS
Total Storage (GB)
Total Network Throughput Available for          20000                        20000
Guests (Mbps)


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Consolidation Recommendations
The recommendations of this assessment are that you use Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track to deliver
your Private Cloud Infrastructure and Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 to manage the service and
placement of virtualization host.


Server Virtualization
The assessment anticipates substantial value to your organization if you pursue virtualization of the
candidate servers. The following table shows the expected utilization for the Fast Track infrastructures
running Hyper-V R2 SP1 after the migration. .

Table 3: Consolidation Summary on Fast Track with Base Configuration
Fast Track                     Storage         Network Throughput             Number of Virtual Machine
                    IOPS
Name                           (GB)            (MB/s)                         Hosted
Infrastructure1     1502.60    6121.41         6.27                           48
Infrastructure2     484.31     2045.83         3.16                           17


Table 4: Consolidation Summary on Fast Track with Max Configuration
Fast Track                     Storage         Network Throughput             Number of Virtual Machine
                    IOPS
Name                           (GB)            (MB/s)                         Hosted
Infrastructure1     1868.51    8167.24         9.24                           65


Note The MAP tool does not make placement recommendations based on role-specific characteristics
of your specific environment. For example, you may have servers that perform multiple roles. There may
also be multiple servers that perform the same role, with each server providing redundancy for that
service. You should ensure that virtual machines that provide redundant roles are not deployed on the
same virtualization host.


Management Technology
From the assessment results, the MAP tool has determined that you will need at least 2 Fast Track base
configuration infrastructures to consolidate existing workloads at current utilization levels. Fast Track
offerings require that you use Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2 (Enterprise Edition) to manage your
virtualization hosts and virtual machines. In addition, it is required that you use System Center Operations
Manager 2007 R2 to manage and monitor your physical machines and virtualization hosts.


Conclusion
The Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track program is a comprehensive approach to cloud computing
developed jointly by Microsoft and its partner original equipment manufacturers (OEMs). Each specific
implementation combines Microsoft software, consolidated guidance, and validated configurations with
OEM/hardware partner technology—including computing power, network and storage architectures, and
value-added software components. By tapping into the Fast Track program, organizations can rapidly
deploy private clouds while reducing their risk and their total cost of ownership. The ultimate goal is to
give organizations both the control and flexibility they need to harness the full power of the private cloud.




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Next Steps
1. Learn more about Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track by reading the technical white paper here
2. Study the available Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track offerings at:
   http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/en/us/hyperv-cloud-fasttrack.aspx and compare the
   capabilities against your MAP output to determine most appropriate OEM offerings.
3. Explore the services available to help you on your assessment and deployment of Fast Track at:
   http://www.microsoft.com/microsoftservices/en/us/cloud.aspx for Microsoft Services and at:
   http://pinpoint.microsoft.com/en-US/SearchResults.aspx?fst=0&cv=0&fd=2&fs=100 for Microsoft
   Private Cloud partners.
4. When ready or want to explore further contact your local Microsoft representative or preferred
   Microsoft Private Cloud Fast Track partner to discuss a private cloud assessment and start your
   journey to the private cloud.




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