On May 16th, at TechEd North America, Microsoft disclosed a lot of information about, and took System Center Orchestrator for a spin in it's first public outing!
"The System Center Orchestrator Beta marks a significant milestone, indicating a move of the codebase from the Opalis subsidiary to Microsoft System Center. This has many positive benefits, including a removal of the licensing complexity around the "grant" of Opalis, greater alignment to the Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria and also things like the Support Lifecycle," Adam Hall, Senior Technical Product Manager stated.
The table below contains some more detailed information about the system requirements and other features of Orchestrator. The table below is designed to highlight the key changes being made for the Orchestrator release, and also any differences between the Beta and RTM.
In addition, Microsoft will be running an Evaluation Program. If you fill out the form for the Orchestrator CEP you'll not only be part of the program which includes guided tours of the new features, ready made environments and calls with the Product Group, but you'll also be notified the minute that the Beta is available to download!
[Source: System Center Orchestrator Team Blog]