At TechEd, Microsoft execs also noted that the Orchestra beta would indicate the official move of the Opalis codebase to Microsoft. "This has many positive benefits, including a removal of the licensing complexity around the ‘grant’ of Opalis, greater alignment to the Microsoft Common Engineering Criteria and also things like the Support Lifecycle, Senior Technical Product Manager Adam Hall blogged back in May.
The System Center Orchestrator is a process-automation tool for datacenters. The Beta product "provides the capability of automation of workflows (Runbooks) across other System Center and third-party products," according to the download information. The beta and final versions of Orchestrator will work on Windows Server 2008 R2 and will support Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2 clients.