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System Center 2012? Also No Fooling

Like SQL Server, Microsoft also chose an odd time to ship System Center 2012 (at least to volume licensees). Yes, readers of the previous item, this management tool also shipped last Sunday, which just happened to be April Fools' Day.

Formerly known as MOM (remember that?), this is Microsoft's long-time foray into the management market pioneered by feisty third parties -- many of whom have been forced to graze on other pastures not yet discovered by Redmond's ever-moving jaws.

But heck, a good product is a good product. And by the accounts I'm getting, System Center is worth its weight in zeros and ones.

This latest version is all about virtualization. System Center 2012 is taking the virtualization to the extreme -- to where it essentially becomes a private cloud, meaning it is elastic and can be provisioned through a self-service process (at least, that is the hope).

To be honest, I'm not a builder of private clouds, nor am I a System Center user. So please, help separate the self-service provisioning hype from the "it still breaks reality" and write to me at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 04/04/2012 at 1:19 PM


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