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5 C H A P T E R 1 | The software-defined datacenter about managing servers, but managing the pooled resources of compute, networking, and storage residing both in the datacenter and in the cloud and delivering these resources as shared services. The Microsoft Cloud Platform gives you the means to implement and automate hybrid cloud solutions through the combination of Windows Server, Microsoft System Center, and Azure. More info To learn more about Windows Server, System Center, and Azure, go to http://www.microsoft.com/server-cloud/ and then click Products. How to transform your datacenter The last of the five pillars—how you can transform your datacenter—is the focus of the remainder of this chapter. That's because if you want to make your business more agile, you need to begin by focusing on your on-premises IT infrastructure. For most enterprises, this means looking carefully at the architecture and operations of the datacenter. In other words, you need to build an SDDC. The term "software-defined" means that your IT infrastructure is decoupled from its underlying hardware so that you can manage and control it through policy. Virtualization is the key for doing this, and the Hyper-V virtualization platform of Windows Server provides businesses with the foundation for software-defined compute capability. Features such as Live Migration and Hyper-V Replica make VM mobility a reality and make it possible to decouple virtualized server workloads from the underlying physical server system fabric on which they are hosted. But the Windows Server platform also provides more. Network Virtualization, a feature first introduced in Windows Server 2012, provides the underlying foundation for software-defined networking (SDN) capability with which you can create multitenant clouds on top of your underlying physical networking infrastructure. Storage Spaces, a technology also introduced in Windows Server 2012, provides the underlying foundation for software-defined storage (SDS) capability, making it possible for you to virtualize storage by grouping industry-standard drives into storage pools and then creating virtual drives, called storage spaces, from the available capacity in the storage pools. Each of these software- defined capabilities were later enhanced in Windows Server 2012 R2, and now with the impending release of Windows Server 2016, these capabilities have been expanded and improved to make them more powerful and flexible than ever. However, Windows Server provides only the foundation for implementing software-defined compute, networking, and storage capabilities in your datacenter. To realize the full benefit from these capabilities by automating them, you need System Center—in particular System Center Virtual Machine Manager—as well as the Azure Pack, a collection of Azure technologies with which you can bring the functionality and manageability of Azure into your datacenter. System Center and the Azure Pack together with Windows Server make the SDDC possible. Finally, to extend your SDDC to the cloud, you need Azure—Microsoft's global, enterprise-grade cloud platform that offers compute, storage, data, networking, and app services—as well as the innovative Azure capabilities that are built in to Windows Server 2016. These capabilities are coming in the next version of System Center, which will be released in conjunction with Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2016, together with Azure and the upcoming versions of System Center and Azure Pack, are the building blocks you can use to build the SDDC that makes agile IT possible through the hybrid cloud; they form the foundation of the Microsoft Cloud Platform.

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