From the sold-out Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas, Brad Anderson posts about empowering customers with Private Cloud computing. Today, Microsoft showcased early versions of several new management tools that the Redmondians are planning to roll out later this calendar year.
First, System Center 2012 beta was released, the RTW is slated for release later this year, enables IT managers to build private clouds with the infrastructure they know and own today -- including other vendors' platforms and virtualization technologies.
Anderson also showed code name "Concero," the new System Center 2012 capability that empowers department-level application managers to deploy and manage their applications on private and public cloud infrastructure while helping IT managers deliver greater flexibility and agility to their business teams. Concero is the successor to the current System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 Self Service Portal 2.0.
But there's more coming on the private-cloud-management front in 2011. System Cener Operations Manager 2012, which'll integrate AviCode management technology (from Microsoft's AviCode acquisition last year) is coming this year, as are new versions of System Center Orchestrator (the renamed Opalis management product); System Center Advisor (a configuration-monitoring product codenamed Atlanta); System Center Service Manager; and System Center Data Protection Manager 2012.
On the enterprise security side, Microsoft execs said that Forefront Endpoint Protection Manager 2012 will be released in the same timeframe as System Center Configuration Manager 2012, and as is the case now, will be built on System Center Configuration Manager.