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System Center 2012 Unveiled in 2011

Microsoft has weird ways of naming products. Some just have sorta real names, like the Xbox. Others have version numbers, like Windows 7. And others are marked by the year they presumably ship, like Office 2007.

System Center is using that last nomenclature, and this week in Lost Wages, Microsoft detailed just what we can expect next year from System Center 2012 (though sometimes the products ship the year before the name actually indicates).

At the Microsoft Management Summit, the company laid out what is now a family of management tools: For the virtually inclined, there is the beta version of System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 (SCVMM 2012). The big deal here is the tool will manage Xen from Citrix, in addition to the current support of VMware and Hyper-V of the current version.

Another new tool is System Center Operations Manager 2012, which lets developers and IT find problems in J2EE and .NET apps.

Finally there is System Center Service Manager 2012. This cloud-friendly hunk of code lets line-of-business execs bypass IT and directly commission additional cloud capacity.

Posted by Doug Barney on 03/23/2011 at 1:18 PM


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