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Executive summaryCloud computing offers transformative value for today’s IT organizations and the businesses they support. Advanced automation and dense shared infrastructure allows organizations to deploy and manage services more quickly and cost-effectively. Cloud solutions also provide the elastic scalability needed for addressing today’s rapidly increasing IT challenges. Yet, transforming today’s data centers into optimized, next-generation private cloud environments presents complex challenges.Working together, Intel and Microsoft have been delivering foundational cloud capabilities through multiple product generations to help IT organizations negotiate this transition more easily and with reduced cost and risk.• Microsoft Windows Server* 2012 delivers another major step forward, taking advantage of Microsoft’s experience in building and operating public clouds to deliver a highly dynamic, available, and cost-effective server platform for a private cloud. This new operating system enables enterprises and cloud service providers to establish a scalable, dynamic, and multi-tenant-aware cloud infrastructure so they can connect securely across premises and respond to business needs faster and more efficiently.• Servers based on the latest Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family offer an exceptionally powerful, energy efficient, and reliable foundation for Windows Server* 2012. They include a number of integrated technologies that specifically address the needs of today’s increasingly dense and demanding cloud implementations.The combined platform provides robust support for the full range of enterprise deployment models—from traditional dedicated infrastructure to hybrid cloud computing—all in one of the world’s most open and cost-effective computing environments. With the addition of Microsoft System Center* 2012, or other advanced management tools, IT organizations can implement a complete private cloud solution. They can also monitor and control both traditional and cloud infrastructures using consistent, familiar, and automated tools.
What are public, private, and hybrid clouds?
Citrix partners with Intel for cloud interoperability and cloud on-boarding proof of concept.
Dynamically monitor power management at all data center levels, optimizing throughput, load balance.
Parallels works with Intel to provide security monitoring and service catalogs to deploy virtual machines.
Canonical discusses building a cloud with Ubuntu*
Fujitsu discusses how to build a cloud.