Microsoft MMS 2010 started with a keynote from Bob Muglia, discussed the transition that’s occurring in datacenters as the focus shifts from servers to services, from manually operated to fully automated, all with choice of models: traditional datacenter, virtualized, private and public clouds. “Bob showed how over last seven years our investments to make IT more dynamic have resulted in products and product roadmap that let customers transition to cloud computing on their terms. He also discussed the need to “mind the gap” when organizations look at cloud computing – gap that exists between traditional on-premises datacenters and public and partner clouds. Bob outlined how Microsoft assets you’ve in your IT environment today—one platform, one development approach, one management solution—will be consistent with those in public cloud. This bridging of the gap between on-premises IT and public clouds is something that only Microsoft can offer. For e.g., through customers’ upcoming ability to use System Center Operations Manager onsite to monitoring apps deployed within Windows Azure, there’s a lot more to IT management than simply moving a VM to the cloud! Bob also made some exciting product announcements for cloud and datacenter management capabilities, including “System Center Virtual Machine Manager V-next, and System Center Operations Manager V-next,” both of which’re planned to be available in 2011,” notes Jeff.