Enhancements to Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud Programs
System Center 2012 solutions will enhance the current Microsoft Hyper-V Cloud programs and offerings for private cloud computing, including the ability to best manage virtualized workloads. Anderson highlighted new findings from the Enterprise Strategy Group on the enterprise readiness and performance of Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V for best-in-class virtualization of Windows SharePoint Services, Microsoft Exchange Server 2010 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008. More information about these findings is available at http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/en/us/solution-business.
Customers can also learn more about the Hyper-V Cloud program and offerings at http://www.microsoft.com/virtualization/en/us/private-cloud.aspx. Anderson also posted thoughts and insights about management and cloud computing on the Microsoft Blog at http://blogs.technet.com/b/microsoft_blog.
Overall, the new System Center 2012 capabilities announced offer a range of new features that significantly improve what the 2007 products provide. These include enhanced capabilities for data center and cloud management, such as:
??Ç System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 allows IT managers to pool and dynamically allocate virtualized datacenter resources (including Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware and now Xen hypervisors) and Windows Azure resources into clouds for various business groups to use in a self-service model. It includes new standardized service modeling and configuration, and image-based management - meaning IT managers can use it to manage business application services, not just virtual machines. A beta of this technology is available for download today at http://www.microsoft.com/systemcenter/en/us/try-it.aspx .
??Ç System Center Operations Manager 2012 will fully integrate technology from the AVIcode acquisition for monitoring and deep insights into Microsoft .NET and J2EE applications for maximum availability and performance. It also adds new dashboarding for better service-level agreement tracking and network performance monitoring.
??Ç System Center Service Manager 2012 will enable self-service requests from datacenter managers, business unit IT managers, developers and end users (e.g., a developer can more efficiently request cloud resources).
??Ç System Center Data Protection Manager 2012 offers new enterprise-class centralized backup and protection and increased depth of support for Hyper-V and workloads such as those in SharePoint, and de-duplication support.
The new offerings also deliver completely new capabilities around data center and cloud management, such as:
??Ç System Center Project code-named "Concero" empowers department-level application managers to deploy and manage their applications on private and public cloud infrastructure, while allowing IT managers to maintain visibility and control across both.
??Ç System Center Orchestrator (formerly Opalis) provides an IT process automation platform that orchestrates workflows across systems and tasks. This enables customers to lower their costs while improving datacenter service reliability and predictability.
??Ç System Center Advisor (formerly code-named "Atlanta") is a secure cloud service that assesses server configuration to help enable IT professionals to proactively avoid configuration problems.