Microsoft is building a new management tool, code-named "Concero," that'll allow customers to oversee both on-premises and cloud-based services.
The Redmond company plans to show off the new member of its System Center product line at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2011 conference in March. Here's a mention of Concero on the MMS Web site agenda:
"The move to cloud based deployment of services will result in deployments which're partly on private on-premise clouds based on VMM and Hyper-V and partly on Windows Azure. In this hybrid world, it's imperative to have a management tool that allows customers to deploy and manage their services across these environments. System Center codename "Concero" is a self-service portal targeted at this customer base."
Concero tool will allow customers to manage both on-premises Services running on Hyper-V hypervisor and SCVMM (a new version of which's due in the latter half of 2011), and off-premises Services running on Azure and Azure Appliances. Concero will be built on Silverlight, to enable an "access anywhere" experience, according to info on Microsoft's Web site.