Today Microsoft announced availability of the release candidate for System Center 2012. While there previously has been a System Center "suite," with this version, Microsoft is getting serious about making the suite the product, and the individual products are now components. Microsoft is focusing on the entire application.
This is being driven in large part by the cloud. System Center 2012 acknowledges the shift from client/server computing (remember that?) to continual connectivity and diverse devices, requiring a new infrastructure on the back end to service those devices. System Center wants to be that infrastructure for you to manage and service your clouds, be they public, private, or hybrid (and even if you're not running on the cloud).
Remember though, the cloud is a journey (and potentially an adventure). You will be taking what you have done with virtualization and "journeying" to the future. System Center aims to give you more of a single pane of glass for managing your enterprise, and an integrated data warehouse and CMDB (although each application still manages its own data and has its own reporting on specific functions). System Center 2012 will also include a unified installer, available in the RC and front-ending the setup process for each component.
While today's announcement was high-level, more details will follow as System Center 2012 gets closer to general availability, which will be during the first half of this year. To download the RC, go to http://www.microsoft.com/private-cloud.
Kerrie Meyler, MVP, MCSE, MCTS, MCT, is an independent consultant and trainer with over fifteen years of experience in IT. While at Microsoft in Field Technical Sales for four years she focused on infrastructure and mangement, presenting at numerous product launches. Kerrie has presented Operations Manager 2007 at TechEd 2007, MMS 2009, MMS 2011, and internal Microsoft conferences, receiving company recognition and awards including a SPAR MGS award. Kerrie worked with Microsoft Learning to develop functional specifications for the original Operations Manager Microsoft courseware, 2550: Implementing Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 and did the beta teach for that course.She also participated in development for several System Center certification exams.
Kerrie is the lead author of Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 Unleashed, System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed, System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 Unleashed, System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Unleashed, System Center Opalis Integration Server 6.3 Unleashed and System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed.
Check out an excerpt from System Center Operations Manager 2007 Unleashed, Chapter 3: Looking Inside OpsMgr.
You can also check out an excerpt from System Center Configuration (SCCM) Manager 2007 Unleashed, Chapter 3: Looking Inside ConfigMgr.
Read a sample chapter of System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 Unleashed at Chapter 1: Introduction and What's New.
You can also read a sample chapter of System Center Opalis Integration Server 6.3 Unleashed at Chapter 1: Introducing Opalis Integration Server 6.3 and System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed at Chapter 1:Service Management Basics.
System Center Service Manager 2010 Unleashed was selected as the September, 2011 book giveaway for Microsoft Subnet.