Microsoft System Center 2012 Bridges Hybrid Cloud

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Microsoft rolled out the release candidate for System Center 2012, the company announced, enabling customers and partners to build out private cloud infrastructure and benefit from a single pane of glass management for hybrid clouds.

This week Microsoft announced that it made its System Center 2012 Release Candidate available to better help its customers and partners build out private cloud infrastructure and provide a single pane of glass management for hybrid clouds.

According to Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft's Server and Tools Business, Microsoft is taking the covers off of this release candidate will be a major step forward in providing the tools for the next wave of private cloud building for Microsoft customers. System Center 2012 refocuses Microsoft's infrastructure portfolio around the current application-centric goals of most IT departments, according to Microsoft.

"If you think about the infrastructure business, really it’s driven by applications. We're going though this massive sea change in terms of the applications that our customers are building," he said, speaking during a briefing for press and analysts. "It's a big shift from client/server to this world of continuous services and connected devices. So that requires a new kind of infrastructure on the back end to be able to run those types of services and applications."

Microsoft executives say that System Center was designed to streamline the company's cloud management portfolio, bringing together eight different products under the management product's portfolio: App Controller, Operations Manager, Orchestrator, Service Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Data Protection Manager, Endpoint Protection, Configuration Manager, and Cloud and Datacenter Management. The idea is to simplify customers' acquisition of the tools so they can get to work building the cloud.  

"It is super easy to acquire and what that enables organizations to do is focus on the application," said Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft's Management and Security Division, explaining that the product only has two editions to ease purchasing headaches.

According to analysts with IDC, the market for systems management software for clouds is expected to grow by 62 percent in 2012. Microsoft hopes to tap into this growth and believes that the big differentiator in System Center is its ability to span the management gap between public and private clouds that could power the same application engine or a single business process within an organization.

"The other key differentiator is that we designed it from the ground up to enable the usage of hybrid clouds," Anderson said, explaining that Systems Center can be used as a single stop to gain console visibility into both public and private clouds, no matter what virtualization platform they're using or where they reside. "Our overall vision is to cloud-optimize every business."