As the trajectory of today’s complex computing and application environments accelerates into the cloud, it is critical for customers to have a defined and validated path for deploying cloud-based architectures as part of their IT strategies. Enterprises and businesses have needs that include high availability, flexibility, efficient use of available resources, and reduction of capital and maintenance expenditures.

Private cloud benefits are well documented. Virtualization and high availability using failover clustering maximizes uptime, workload placement, and optimizes disaster recovery. By running mission-critical workloads in a validated Microsoft Private Cloud environment, organizations ensure reliability and maximum utilization of their physical and virtual infrastructure, while also assuring application service levels, and reduced expenditures.

This document provides customers with a flexible, scalable Dell-powered Microsoft Private Cloud reference architecture. This reference architecture, validated by Microsoft and tested by Dell, combines Dell PowerEdge rack servers, Dell MD-series storage, and Dell N-Series networking components as well as management technologies to simplify the setup process for customers as they push into private and hybrid cloud technologies.