Yes!!! At last we can talk about what we have been working on for close to 18 months - “San Diego” - that was the code name for what is now “Microsoft Cloud Platform System” (CPS), which was announced earlier today by Scott Guthrie.

These 18 months have been a journey for all of us in the product group. It began, as all journeys should, as conversations with our customers. What followed has evolved how we think about and engineer our products. We were struck by the large number of customers who were failing to realize the benefits of the cloud. Running one of the largest public clouds, Microsoft Azure, we know what it takes to build and run a cloud, and we wanted to see how to take these learnings, be it architectural, design, operations, or technology and help you benefit from it. We have learned a lot along the way, and want to pass on all the knowledge we have gathered onto you.  In essence, CPS is the culmination of this experience. With Dell as our partner, we are thrilled to bring an Azure-consistent cloud-in-a-box to your datacenter.


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We are privileged to have a guest blogger on Building Clouds, Jeff Goldner.  Jeff is a Principal Program Manager in Microsoft’s Cloud Solutions Group.  In the series we are starting today, Jeff highlights new artifacts being rolled out by Microsoft that are designed to run Microsoft workloads on the Cloud Platform System(CPS). The series will grow as new artifacts and details about those artifacts are released, and as we expand further on how you could potentially also use those outside of CPS, stay tuned for more!

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Microsoft Cloud Platform system (CPS) is an Azure consistent cloud in a box that accelerates your journey to the cloud. This video introduces you to CPS concept.


Microsoft brings its experience running some of the largest datacenters and cloud services into a factory-integrated and fully validated converged system. Cloud Platform System (CPS) combines Microsoft’s proven software stack of Window Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and Windows Azure Pack, with Dell’s cloud server, storage and networking hardware. As a scalable building block for your cloud, CPS shortens the time to value and enables a consistent cloud experience.

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