Windows Azure Pack terminology

The following terms are used in Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server.

Management portal for administrators

The Windows Azure Pack portal interface used by hosting service providers to configure and manage resource clouds; user accounts; and tenant offers, quotas and pricing.


Management portal for tenants

A customizable self-service portal that tenants use to subscribe to and manage services such as Web Sites, Virtual Machines, and Service Bus.


Hosting service provider

A service provider that offers scalable infrastructure services to multiple customers.



A tenant is a subscriber, typically an organization, that uses the cloud services created and provisioned by a hosting service provider.



A runbook consists of tasks and process steps that are performed in a given order. In Windows Azure Pack, runbooks are used to implement automation of administrative tasks.



The connection between a VM cloud and a runbook.



Defines one or more services that will be made available to tenants. You can specify usage quotas for the resources in the plan.



An optional service that a tenant can add to a plan.



The tenant’s agreement to pay for the plan services to which they sign up (or subscribe).



Another user or tenant that can manage the services in a tenant’s subscription.



A collection of templates that can be used by tenants, as predefined images, to provision their virtual machines. The gallery items can include base operating system images as well as images with preinstalled applications. Gallery items are uploaded to the gallery by administrators and are then associated with plans. When a tenant subscribes to a plan, all the gallery items associated with that plan are available to the tenant.



Defines the resources available and the maximum amount of those resources that can be used for a plan. You can set quotas for the following items:

·      Cores

·      RAM

·      Storage

·      Virtual machines



The amount of resources in a plan consumed over a period of time.


Resource provider

Services provided through Windows Azure Pack are implemented as resource providers. For example, SQL Server or MySQL. 3rd party vendors can also create their own custom resource providers. The Windows Azure Pack Developers Kit provides information on creating custom resource providers.


Block list

A block list is used to restrict customer or tenant worker processes from accessing certain IP address ranges in the Web Sites service in Windows Azure Pack.


Billing adapter

A billing adapter is software that captures tenant usage data and recent event notification from a Windows Azure Pack installation. The data captured can be used to calculate tenant billing information or used for analytics processing. A billing adapter can also provide pricing information to a Windows Azure Pack Installation. More information on creating a billing adapter is provided in the Windows Azure Pack Developers Kit.