MS Private Cloud and the new “Datacenter Stack” unveiled at MMS 2011

Anyone who attended any of the sessions in the “Cloud Track” (unofficial name) at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS 2011), you learned about the System Center 2012 offerings currently in the development pipeline scheduled for release later this year. Several breakout sessions by several different speakers presented a new representation of the layers of software and infrastructure involved in the management and delivery of virtualization, more specifically Infrastructure as a Service / Private Cloud. The stack presented in most of the private cloud and virtualization sessions included a couple of layers not present at last years conference:



Clarifying the Layers

The function of most of these layers are self-evident, but there are a few here that deserve some clarification:

  • Administrative / Tenant Interfaces – This is two of the tenants of a Private Cloud architecture – specifically 1) self-service provisioning and 2) metering (chargeback). This role is filled by VMM Self-Service Portal 2.0 [today]), Silverlight Self-Service UI (codename Concero [future]), and Service Manager (which can provide self-service with the right workflows and a little help from Opalis)
  • Orchestration Layer – This layer represents the automation capabilities enabled through Opalis Integration Server [today]),  System Center Orchestrator [future]
  • Automation Layer – This layer represents scripting technologies, such as PowerShell, WS Management, WMI


The System Center 2012 roadmap (presented at MMS 2011) includes numerous releases delivering the future of the MS Private Cloud offering, all coming in late 2011 (shown below). 2H C11 translates to “2nd half of calendar year 2011”. The product we heard the least of was System Center Orchestrator, but with a target release in 2H C11, no doubt we’ll be seeing more soon.


Additional Reading on MS Cloud Strategy

If you watch the keynotes from MMS 2011 or TechEd EMEA 2010, you’ll get a good picture of the Microsoft Cloud strategy. The central source Private Cloud / Public Cloud info is


CPIC006_01_thumb2_thumb About Pete Zerger
Pete is a consultant, author, speaker and Microsoft MVP focusing on Microsoft System Center management and data center automation. He is a frequent speaker at Microsoft conferences and has written articles for technical magazines including Microsoft TechNet and Windows IT Pro. He was a contributor to the R2 supplement for System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed, as well as a contributing author of Opalis Integration Server 6.3 Unleashed, due out Summer 2011.

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