Microsoft focuses on private cloud with new management wares coming in 2011

Microsoft focuses on private cloud with new management wares coming in 2011

Summary: Microsoft is playing up its private-cloud deliverables with several new management tools that the Redmondians are planning to roll out later this calendar year.

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Microsoft is playing up its private-cloud deliverables with several new management tools that the Redmondians are planning to roll out later this calendar year.

Microsoft is showcasing early versions of some of these tools on March 22 at the Microsoft Management Summit conference in Las Vegas.

Last year, there was a lot of focus by Microsoft on public-cloud solutions built around its Windows Azure cloud operating system. This year, there will likely be more of a focus by Microsoft on hybrid solutions -- with Microsoft counting on private cloud as a way to get possibly cloud-shy customers to put at least some of their data "in the cloud."

As expected, one of the coming deliverables is a management portal, codenamed Concero, that will allow administrators to manage both their private and public cloud infrastructure. Concero is the successor to the current System Center Virtual Machine Manager R2 Self Service Portal 2.0.

When I first unearthed some clues about Concero a couple of months ago, the offering was described as a management console that would support Windows Azure Appliances, Microsoft's "private cloud in a box" offering that still has yet to materialize (in spite of expectations that the first Azure Appliances would become available in late 2010/early 2011). Microsoft execs told me that the company would have more to share about the Azure Appliances at the TechEd conference in mid-May.

Microsoft also is going to make available a beta of its System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 product on March 22. The final version of that private-cloud building block will be available before the end of this year, Microsoft execs said. (Thanks for the download link, @UltraWindows.)

But wait... there's more coming on the private-cloud-management front in 2011. System Cener Operations Manager 2012, which will integrate AviCode management technology (from Microsoft's AviCode acquisition last year) is coming this year, as are new versions of System Center Orchestrator (the renamed Opalis management product); System Center Advisor (a configuration-monitoring product codenamed Atlanta); System Center Service Manager; and System Center Data Protection Manager 2012.

On the enterprise security side, Microsoft execs said that Forefront Endpoint Protection Manager 2012 will be released in the same timeframe as System Center Configuration Manager  2012, and as is the case now, will be built on System Center Configuration Manager.

Topics: Software, Banking, Browser, Microsoft, Operating Systems, Windows

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • A cloud all right...

    ...of hot air.
    james347
  • Cool!

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  • RE: Microsoft focuses on private cloud with new management wares coming in 2011

    Microsoft is certainly putting a lot of effort into cloud based apps. but who is integrating all these together and offering a complete solution to customer organisations?

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  • RE: Microsoft focuses on private cloud with new management wares coming in 2011

    Active Directory is at the heart of most if not all Microsoft systems like Exchange, SharePoint, and Lync just to name a few. Moving these applications to the ?cloud? does not divorce these systems from AD so the new Windows Azure operating system will have to handle more than just a few code changes if it is to provide a public-cloud solution. Somehow the words ?Active Directory? and ?public-cloud? do not belong in the same sentence so the word ?hybrid? was being tossed around like was the ?magic? pill. Now it?s ?private-cloud?? Isn?t that what we have already? Sounds like some back peddling by Microsoft after realizing the ?cloud? does not have a ?play space? for the current versions of their enterprise systems. Take a look at vendors that are offering software services like Microsoft SharePoint. Features that rely on AD like Document Center, MySite and Publishing Portal are just not available. After years and years of depending on the lucrative software licensing model, it does not mean we have to throw everything away in favor of vanilla ?pay as you go? applications. This business model was extremely popular back in the 70?s before the personal computer killed time-sharing. Even if everything could magically be moved overnight into the cloud, what are you going to do with all those desktops and laptops and the network they are plugged into? How are you going to move them to the "cloud". Call it "in-house" or "private cloud", there are just some things that just belong in-house and nowhere else. Is "private-cloud" just a new term for software licensing? If management in the "public-cloud" was a challenge, will it be that much easier in the "private-cloud"? Will a new batch of servers simply replace people? And whose going to manage the management servers?
    richgoddu
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