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Microsoft System Center 2012 Release Candidates (RC): Download Links, Resources & New Licensing Information

Microsoft System Center 2012 RCMicrosoft on January 17, held an online broadcast, “Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud,” for enterprise IT leaders, from its Redmond headquarters, where in Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft Server and Tools Business, announced the release of the System Center 2012 Release Candidate as a single, integrated private cloud management solution for the first time, and also introduced the new licensing model for System Center.

During the live webcast, Nadella, and Brad Anderson, cvp of the Management and Security Division, discussed “how Microsoft’s private cloud solution will help businesses move faster, save money and better compete in 2012, and how companies, can use Microsoft System Center 2012 to build and operate private clouds for the delivery of business applications across both private and public cloud platform,” revealed Microsoft.

Microsoft private cloud solutions are built on System Center and Windows Server.

System Center 2012 Release Candidate empowers you with a common management toolset for your private and public cloud applications and services. System Center helps you confidently deliver IT as a Service for your business.

System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection Release Candidate (previously known as Forefront Endpoint Protection 2010) protects client and server operating systems against the latest threats using industry-leading malware detection technologies. It is built on System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, giving customers a unified infrastructure for client security and compliance management.

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1 (optional download) will give you improved powerful virtualization capabilities that can transform how you deliver IT services to your end users and enable you to lay the foundation of a private cloud infrastructure.

Need more information? See the product details page. Register to access technical product resources at the Microsoft Private Cloud Evaluation Resource Page.

Microsoft also demonstrated its commitment to easing the acquisition, deployment and economics of private cloud computing. You can watch the recordings of the webcast embedded under this blog post.

Microsoft also overhauled the licensing for the soon to be released System Center 2012 product suite.

As opposed to the current System Center 2010 suite, which contains 110 licensing items, and there will be two System Center 2012 SKUs:

  • Standard SKU 1,300 USD per 2 processor
  • Datacenter SKU 3,600 USD per 2 processor (socket), includes SQL runtime

Each license is for a dual processor machine, that is 2 physical processors, not cores, and includes the same bunch of eight point products, but with only two “operating system environments” (OSEs) supported for Standard, and an unlimited number supported for Datacenter. (OSEs can be physical and/or virtual machines, as explained by Tech Republic last year.)

These licenses also include SQL licenses if a SC 2012 component requires it.

And, that Opalis and AVICode are now being fully integrated in SC 2012, bringing the 8 System Center products included in 2 license forms:

Also available in combination of the ECI licensing, with minimum of 25 initial purchase.

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Here is what’s new in System Center 2012:

  1. System Center 2012 Unified Installer is a utility designed to perform new, clean installations of System Center 2012 for testing and evaluation purposes only. If you want to upgrade from an existing System Center installation or choose set up options such as high availability or multi-server component installs.
  2. System Center 2012 App Controller provides a common self-service experience across private and public clouds that can help you empower application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new services.
  3. System Center 2012 Configuration Manager provides comprehensive configuration management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining corporate compliance and control.
  4. System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager provides unified data protection for Windows servers and clients that can help you deliver scalable, manageable, and cost-effective protection and restore scenarios from disk, tape, and off premise.
  5. System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection, built on System Center Configuration Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection.
  6. System Center 2012 Operations Manager provides deep application diagnostics and infrastructure monitoring that can help you ensure the predictable performance and availability of vital applications and offers a comprehensive view of your datacenter, private, and public clouds.
  7. System Center 2012 Orchestrator provides orchestration, integration, and automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks that can help you to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
  8. System Center 2012 Service Manager provides flexible self-service experiences and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people, workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.
  9. System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager provides virtual machine management and services deployment with support for multi-hypervisor environments that can help you deliver a flexible and cost effective private cloud environment.

Here is Microsoft’s Private Cloud Comupting infographic: (click to enlarge)

Microsoft Private Cloud computing: System Center 2012 RC Infographic

Download Links:

Here are the recordings of the live webcasts:

Private cloud discussion with Microsoft executives: Insights and news: Satya Nadella, Brad Anderson

Executive panel and Q&A: Guidance and best practices: Brad Anderson, Jacky Wright, VP, IT Strategic Services, Microsoft IT, and Rand Morimoto, CEO, Convergent Computing

Envisioning Your Private Cloud: A scenario based demonstration from the Microsoft Technology Center in Redmond, WA.

For complete coverage of how to videos of about Private Cloud and System Center 2012, check this blog post Microsoft Virtual Academy: System Center Data Center and Private Cloud [Webcasts].

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