Today during a Private Cloud webcast Microsoft has announced their new strategy on System Center. No longer are the System Center products considered as separate entities: System Center 2012 is now a single product. It is a fullblown suite which includes a complete set of System Center products.
An overview of what the suite will include:
- Configuration Manager
- Service Manager
- Virtual Machine Manager
- Operations Manager
- Data Protection Manager
- App Controller
- Endpoint Protection
This does not mean all of the above will have to be installed in one shot. Customers will still have the ability to implement and integrate solutions one by one.
The new System Center 2012 product comes in 2 editions:
- The Datacenter edition is licensed per two physical processors and provides use rights for management of an unlimited number of VMs per license.
- The Standard edition is also licensed per two physical processors, and each license gives you management rights of two virtualized servers.
For details on System Center 2012 licensing have a look here.
Also check out the Private Cloud Assessment Tool.
Evaluation software is available for download here.
Now I am off to the (virtual) lab for some quality time!