Cloud in a box

  • Cloud in a box

    Choosing the right Cloud solution for your business

    What does your organisation need from a Cloud? Microsoft and Dell understand that every solution is different, and makes it easy for Small and Medium Businesses to adopt the most appropriate Cloud solution based on their business requirements and application workloads.

    Cloud in a Box enables organisations to easily deploy an on-premises Cloud solution that seamlessly connects for backup and disaster recovery directly to the Microsoft Azure public cloud. This smooth solution is the result of an exclusive collaboration between 4Ward, Dell, Microsoft and Vision Solutions ®.

  • A scalable solution you can rely on in only a few clicks

    Cloud in a Box is a Dell VRTX converged appliance which hosts a full featured Private Cloud capable of running infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) service. Based on proven Microsoft solutions (Windows Server and System Center 2012 R2), a few clicks expands the on-premises Cloud into a Public Cloud infrastructure to enable additional solutions, including Cloud Backup, Geographic Disaster Recovery and Datacenter Extension.

    Check out the speed of deployment


    CBX25 CBX50
    Virtualization nodes 2 3
    Shared storage 10x 300GB SAS15k 18x 300GB SAS15k
    Memory 128GB DDR 128GB DDR
    Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 Yes Yes
    Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Yes Yes
    Integrated backup storage (optional) 5x 1TB NL-SAS 7.2k 7x 1.8TB SAS 10k
  • Is Cloud in a Box the right solution for your business?

    Do you want to grow your business efficiently?

    Cloud in a Box is a solution for your Advanced Virtualisation and/or Private or Hybrid Cloud needs.

    • Reduce the cost and complexity of IT
    • Cloud for the cost of Virtualisation
    • Cut deployment costs to zero
    • Easy, economical and scalable storage
    Grow efficiently

    Do you want to safeguard your business?

    Cloud in a Box is solution for Geographic Disaster Recovery and/or Backup to the public Cloud.

    • Avoid security and compliance risks and ensure continued compatibility
    • Straightforward deployment – no specialist knowledge needed
    • Support by a trusted partner on a known platform
    Safeguard your business

    Do you want to run your business from anywhere?

    Cloud in a Box is a solution for facilitating multi-branch deployment.

    • Expandable from on-premises to cover the entire country
    • Selectively move data and VMs to Cloud
    • Safe and secure in the Cloud (Backup/DR)
    Businesses anywhere

Accelerate your journey to the cloud without sacrificing your flexibility

Accelerate your journey to the cloud without sacrificing your flexibility

Cloud in a Box provides organisations of different sizes the ability to cost-effectively deliver cloud capacity to their users in validated and flexible manner – and offers a consistent experience for all key stakeholders including:

  • Application developers: Provides a self-service cloud environment, rich with the services and automation that developers and IT professionals need to deploy the applications business users demand.
  • Infrastructure administrators: Reduces the infrastructure overhead and decreases risk and complexity through a pre-validated and tested solution.
  • End users: Empowers end users with self-service access to the applications, performance and reliability they need.


Before you can extend to the cloud, you need to rethink your own datacenter. With the power of virtualization , you can take the many diverse elements of your current datacenter and create a single entity that you can manage as a whole. A private cloud model lets you pool resources and balance demand across all the different areas of the business, moving resources to the places where you need them most.

Once you have your datacenter running like a well-oiled machine, think about the places you still need some room to grow. That’s where you can extend into the cloud. You can meet unexpected demands or plan ahead for the seasons or days when your business runs at top speed. The economies of cloud work for you, because you only pay for what you need. And you can access resources without long delays or major capital expenditures.

Cloud in a Box is build on top of windows server 2012R2, Hyper-V and System Center. With Windows Server 2012 R2 you can scale to run your most important workloads with robust recovery options. You’ll achieve value quickly with a wide range of cost-effective, high-performance storage options and simplified delivery of multi-tenant IT services. With System Center you can build, deploy, operate, and monitor applications on premises and in the cloud. Empower users with secure access to corporate resources on the devices they choose.

  • Enterprise-class
  • Application focused
  • Simple and cost-effective
  • User-centric

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is a flexible cloud platform that helps you grow your business with greater efficiency and be more responsive to change. With Microsoft Azure, you can be up and running fast, scale up or down as needed, and avoid high capital costs—paying only for what you use. And you can make the cloud work for your business, with the options to quickly move applications from on-site servers to the cloud, build new “cloud-native” applications, or take a hybrid approach.

Cloud in a Box enables you to take advantage of this platform for Backup and Disaster recovery.

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Cloud OS Network Partners

The Cloud OS Network (COSN) is a strategic group of service providers that can deliver differentiated value-added services to end customers based on the Cloud Platform vision. They are partnering closely with Microsoft to offer technically validated, cloud-based infrastructures and application solutions. Members of this network combine Microsoft technology with their hosting expertise and geographic specialization to provide flexibility and choice for hybrid datacenter solutions.

Cloud in a Box offers you the ability to integrate with those partners and use local services to extend your datacenter.

Migration to the Microsoft Cloud Platform

  • Migration to the Microsoft Cloud Platform

    Even though many companies look at the hybrid cloud as a way to deliver business agility, the thought of migrating their servers to a new platform is very daunting.

    The headache and stress of moving data and applications, not to mention the cost of downtime and lost productivity makes many business leaders avoid undertaking the much-needed modernization. To ease these concerns and provide a painless migration, Cloud in a Box comes with Vision Solutions®' Double-Take® Move. Double-Take® Move allows you to migrate business critical applications and data from cloud, virtual and physical servers in real-time over any distance. Double-Take® Move minimizes migration risk and enables migration with near-zero downtime so that production work is not disrupted.

    Migrate with Near-Zero Downtime

    • Your physical/virtual servers to Cloud in a Box
    • Migrate Data to Cloud in a Box
    • Migrate Servers directly into Azure
  • Considerations when migrating data:

    • Scope the data, applications and servers to be migrated
    • Understand server and data groupings that must be migrated together
    • Define plan for each application workload (e.g. virtualize, move to cloud, re-engineer)
    • Identify technology that works with current and planned infrastructure
    • Identify hidden costs of migration so you can plan to avoid them
    • Plan to minimize downtime and maximize availability for users

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Microsoft and Dell have selected a handful of partners that have the skills, technical expertise and business and industry specialization to help drive your business forward by implementing Cloud in a Box.


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