Modernizing the Datacenter with Windows Server and Hybrid Cloud

Book description

Transform your datacenter for breakthrough flexibility, agility, and scalability!


Using public, private, and hybrid cloud services, you can transform your datacenter to serve fast-changing workloads, process and analyze enormous amounts of data, and achieve unprecedented flexibility and value. In this guide, two world-renowned experts in Microsoft datacenter technology show how to effectively leverage current legacy systems as you incorporate your optimal mix of cloud services. Drawing on extensive experience implementing Microsoft cloud solutions, they walk you step-by-step through your entire transition: strategy, deployment, security, identity protection, management, PowerShell automation, and more. Two concluding chapters offer indispensable advice for maximizing datacenter efficiency and supporting future innovation.


Two leading enterprise cloud and Windows Server experts show how to:


  • Move from legacy IT models to an agile service structure
  • Implement managed self-service, iteration-based software updates, immutable infrastructure, and other elements of a modern IT environment
  • Plan and smoothly integrate on-premises, Azure, Azure Stack, and Hybrid Cloud components
  • Fortify IT security now and in the future
  • Safeguard identities via new models and tools, including Remote Credential Guard
  • Protect the OS, on premises and in the cloud
  • Optimize datacenter efficiency via enterprise-class virtualization and other advanced technologies
  • Promote innovation via microservices, DevOps, and NanoServer containerization

Table of contents

  1. Cover Page
  2. Title Page
  3. Copyright Page
  4. Contents
  5. Introduction
    1. Who is this book for?
    2. How is this book organized?
    3. System requirements
    4. Errata, updates, & book support
    5. Stay in touch
  6. Chapter 1. Introduction: This book is for you…
    1. Embracing change
  7. Chapter 2. Modern IT—the coming inflection point
    1. Traditional approach to IT
    2. Modern IT approach
    3. Modern IT datacenters
    4. Modern IT security
    5. Modern IT support for business innovation
    6. Proposition on value
    7. The Fourth Coffee case study
    8. Summary
  8. Chapter 3. Azure and Azure Stack
    1. Intelligent cloud and intelligent edge
    2. Virtual datacenter
    3. Azure
    4. Azure Stack
    5. Fourth Coffee and Azure
  9. Chapter 4. Upping your security game
    1. The world has gone crazy; protect yourself!
    2. Fourth Coffee: What have they got to lose?
    3. Assume breach
    4. The journey begins on premises
    5. Cloud—harnessing the power
    6. Penetration testing: Validating the environment
    7. The Security Game has been upped!
  10. Chapter 5. Application migration
    1. The Five R’s
    2. Getting to the cloud to drive optimization
    3. DevOps the cornerstone of application migration
    4. The migration process
    5. Beyond migration
  11. Chapter 6. Delivering datacenter efficiency
    1. Snowflake datacenters
    2. Datacenter transformation versus digital transformation
    3. Fourth Coffee—eating their elephant
    4. Bringing datacenter efficiency to Fourth Coffee
    5. The mobile ordering system
    6. Final thoughts
  12. Chapter 7. Supporting innovation
    1. Breaking paradigms
    2. Theory of digital transformation
    3. Establishing the new norm
    4. Making plans, taking risks, and embracing success and failure
    5. Supporting innovation: Waterfall to agile bringing Fourth Coffee alive
  13. Index

Product information

  • Title: Modernizing the Datacenter with Windows Server and Hybrid Cloud
  • Author(s): John McCabe, Ward Ralston, Jeffrey Snover
  • Release date: July 2019
  • Publisher(s): Microsoft Press
  • ISBN: 9780134893884