HP and Microsoft Serverquarium: Private Cloud Solution for Virtualized Workloads
February 13, 2014

Any organization interested in cloud computing expects to gain some kind of economic and agility benefits, but few truly understand the extent of what clouds can achieve. How many workloads can be consolidated on a single server? How complex can the workloads be? How many VMs can run at the same time? How quickly can they expect to change direction? While there is plenty of hype, actual details are often fuzzy. At the 2013 Microsoft Management Summit (MMS), attendees had the chance to see a cloud deployment “in the flesh,” complete with real-time stats on its accomplishments. The private cloud infrastructure built to deliver these labs was a powerful and efficient integrated solution from HP and Microsoft. This paper looks at this “Serverquarium” infrastructure that powered the lab environments.