It's been a few weeks since the first public draft of Microsoft's new Infrastructure Planning and Design Guide for the Dynamic Data Center was made available. The beta for this guide has now closed and the final release has been made available to the public.
This 46-page dynamic data center blueprint focuses on design recommendations for several aspects of the infrastructure, including the hosts, storage, and network considerations, as well as the management software.
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Microsoft defines the dynamic data center as "a combination of automation, control, and resource management software with a well-defined topology of virtualization, servers, storage, and networking hardware. The flexibility that this model provides is changing the business landscape by presenting new ways to develop, deliver, deploy, and manage applications and IT infrastructures. The resulting benefits are many, such as the ability to scale as needed, be more responsive to changing market conditions, and provide an opportunity for IT to align deliverables with the organization's business requirements."
The guide defines and details the five steps that are most critical to the design elements of a well-planned dynamic data center: