Microsoft to detail new private cloud and System Center strategy

Microsoft to detail new private cloud and System Center strategy

Summary: Microsoft has a big System Center 2012 and private-cloud strategy event on tap for January 17.

TOPICS: Microsoft, CXO

Mark your calendars, private cloud fans. On January 17, Microsoft is holding a webcast to "lay out the new System Center 2012 vision."

On hand for the two-hour event will be Satya Nadella, President of Microsoft's Server and Tools Division, as well as Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of Management and Security. It starts at 8:30 a.m. PT/11:30 a.m. ET and will be broadcast here.

This could be the day that Microsoft announces the release to manufacturing of the 10 or so products that comprise the System Center 2012 family. Last year, Microsoft was predicting that these products would RTM before the end of calendar 2011, but that didn't happen.

Here's a chart from the company's TechEd conference in May of last year that shows the original schedule for the various point products:

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Microsoft officials said last year that the plan was to "launch" System Center 2012 in the early part of calendar 2012. "Launch" most likely means make generally available, in this case, I'd think. I've heard from several of my contacts that Microsoft's plan is to time the launch around April, which is when the Softies will be holding their annual Microsoft Management Summit.

To date, Microsoft has sold the System Center point products independently. I've been hearing rumblings that the company may be about to change this strategy and sell one offering called System Center 2012 that includes all 10 or so individual pieces in a single bundle.

Microsoft officials are positioning System Center as a key component of its private cloud strategy. (System Center's public-cloud counterpart is Windows Intune.)

Among the System Center products making up the 2012 family are System Center Configuration Manager 2012, which is going to enable Microsoft to manage iPads and other non-Microsoft devices; System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 ; and a hybrid on-premises/cloud management portal known as Microsoft System Center App Controller 2012 (codenamed Concero).

Topics: Microsoft, CXO


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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  • SCE future

    Will there be any talk on System Center Essentials and its future, even if beyond 2012? Could you please dig something up regarding this.

    I'm considering a deployment of SCE 2010 for this year, but won't do so without a clear commitment from MS about its future development. I've mentioned it elsewhere but the same thing is holding me back with TMG.
    • Great question

      I am thinking there might be a way to submit it by e-mail during the webcast. If you watch, I think you should, just in case someone decides they'll answer. I haven't heard anything on the future of this product... MJ
      Mary Jo Foley
      • RE: Microsoft to detail new private cloud and System Center strategy

        @Mary Jo Foley

        I'll try to attend, still if you have a chance (using your sources) please do ask about it, I know I'm not the only one interested in this.
  • RE: Microsoft to detail new private cloud and System Center strategy

    Live coverage tomorrow...and of course, details rolling out all week long....