Microsoft made available for download the first public beta of its System Center Orchestrator 2012 datacenter management product.
The System Center Orchestrator 2012 Beta is a process-automation tool for datacenters. The Beta product "provides the capability of automation of workflows (Runbooks) across other System Center and third-party products," according to the download information.
"These runbooks are created in the Runbook Designer, deployed via the Deployment Manager and run and monitored locally or remotely via the Orchestrator Console," Microsoft stated.
Orchestrator is the new Microsoft branding for the Opalis products/technologies that Microsoft acquired in December 2009 when it bought Opalis. Opalis was a privately held workflow automation vendor that automates IT processes within datacenters.
System Center Orchestrator is one of at least nine new System Center 2012 management products that Microsoft is delivering this calendar year.
The beta and final versions of Orchestrator will work on Windows Server 2008 R2 and will support Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 clients.
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