Private cloud technologies have proven themselves in large data centers and hosting organizations. The ability to quickly deploy new virtual machines, make configuration changes to virtual machines, live migrate virtual machines to different hosts before performing maintenance on physical components, and other benefits like this have cut operational expenses.
The benefit has not been quite as easy to attain in smaller configurations. Often the installation of cloud technologies require the purchase of large management infrastructures in order to provide the benefits listed above. With the advent of the improved built-in management capabilities of Windows Server 2012, the improved Hyper-V that comes with it, and the Cisco UCS PowerTool PowerShell module, it is now possible to bring some of the benefits of cloud technologies to small and medium businesses or remote offices of larger businesses.
This guide will provide the steps necessary to configure a Microsoft Fast Track Small Implementation cloud built on EMC VSPEX, which is built on Cisco Unified Computing System and EMC VNXe technologies.