Microsoft and Dell Reveal Cloud Platform System

For the past 18 months, a project codenamed San Diego was being developed at Microsoft and Dell. The project was finally unveiled as the Microsoft Cloud Powered System or CPS for short. The hardware is assembled, tested, supported and sold by Dell. Some analysts are referring to the Microsoft CPS as a way for Dell and Microsoft to sell a “Cloud-in-a-box” solution. The Microsoft blog lit up with excitement around the public unveiling of this project. The blog mentions that enterprises can buy a CPS from Dell that can then be turned into a plug and play on-premises private cloud data center.
Microsoft TechNet notes, “CPS is a pre-integrated, pre-deployed, Microsoft validated solution built on Dell hardware, Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Azure Pack. It combines the efficiency and agility of cloud computing, along with the increased control and customization achieved in virtualized, multi-tenant environments. CPS scales from a single rack to up to four racks and is optimized for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS for Windows and Linux) and Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) style deployments.”
TechNet goes on to say that a datacenter administrator can deploy CPS incrementally between one and0 four racks. TechNet notes that each rack has:

  • 512 cores across 32 servers (each with a dual socket Intel Ivy Bridge, E5-2650v2 CPU)
  • 8 TB of RAM with 256 GB per server
  • 282 TB of usable storage
  • 1360 Gb/s of internal rack connectivity
  • 560 Gb/s of inter-rack connectivity
  • Up to 60 Gb/s connectivity to the external world

CPS utilizes Microsoft’s Azure Pack, System Center 2012 R2 and Windows Server 2012. These familiar interfaces will allow systems administrators to easily deploy the new private cloud infrastructure in accordance with the needs of the organization you are supporting. Microsoft mentions that its CPS comes with “integrated anti-virus, fabric based backup for all VM’s, disaster recovery, orchestrated patching, monitoring, an Azure-consistent self-service portal (Windows Azure Pack) for tenants, REST-based API for programmatic interaction and automation using PowerShell.”