Microsoft is making a push to be a leading vendor in the private cloud computing arena, updating its System Center IT infrastructure and server management suite to offer cloud management capabilities.

System Center 2012, which is slated for release later this year, includes features to manage virtual machines in a cloud environment, as well as new controls to allow IT leaders to manager their own system resources.

“Our IT customers have told us that their focus is helping their businesses deliver the critical applications that will strengthen their bottom line, while maintaining necessary control and compliance,” corporate vice president Brad Anderson said in a statement. “Virtualization and server consolidation are important steps toward cloud computing, but it’s essential to have management tools that provide intelligence about how the apps themselves are doing, not just management of virtual machine black boxes.”

In his keynote at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas, Anderson demonstrated the virtual machine manager capability in System Center 2012. Using the component, IT managers can standardize infrastructure and application services and delegate them to business users for fast deployment of applications.

Anderson also demonstrated “Concero,” the codename for a new capability that allows department-level managers to deploy and manage applications on private and public cloud infrastructure.


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