There are many definitions for cloud computing, but one of the more concise and widely recognized definitions comes from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). NIST defines five essential characteristics, three service models and four deployment models.
Microsoft Services has designed, built and implemented a Private Cloud/IaaS solution using Windows Server, Hyper-V and System Center. Their goal throughout articles over a four-part series will be to show how to integrate and deploy each of the component products as a solution while providing the essential cloud attributes such as elasticity, resource pooling and self-service.
Start here with the first article and follow next articles to come.