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System Center 2012 SP1 Nears

System Center 2012 is only about a year old and Microsoft is already getting its first service pack ready, one that should ship early next year.

Most service packs are rolled up bug fixes with a few small new features tossed in for good measure. This one actually marks a real shift in System Center to a decidedly more cloud-centric approach.

In fact there is so much new that Microsoft is confusing folks by calling it a service pack. It really should call it a new version, though Microsoft would probably be compelled to charge for a new version (so I guess SP1 is OK after all).

Of course, as you may guess, SP1 supports Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012. That's a given.

So here's where the cloud kicks in: SP1 makes it easier to transfers VMs from in-house servers to Windows Azure. Also, you can tie VMs to Azure backup services.

Is the cloud starting to make more sense the more tools that come out or is it all a plot to take over your data and ultimately your job? You tell me.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/14/2012 at 1:19 PM


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