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Microsoft System Center has evolved with the needs of the Datacenter, taking their learning from the Public Cloud into the Private Cloud making it as simple as possible for the moderately experienced IT shop to set up a private cloud. Microsoft has also simplified the licensing of the System Center components. With System Center 2012, Microsoft will no longer offer separate applications as its System Center product, combining Service Manager, Configuration Manager, Virtual Machine Manager, Operations Manager, EndPoint Protector, Data Protection Manager, App Controller, and Orchestrator.
Microsoft will market these two different packages as the Standard edition, which will be limited to two operating system environments, or Datacenter edition where customers may run any number of VMs on a licensed server. The combined product suites are designed to simplify the journey to the cloud. Both Standard and Datacenter edition include Service Manager, with ECAL including access to all of the System Center products. System Center 2012 promises to help you integrate heterogeneous data center components, including multi-hypervisor environments including Microsoft Hyper-V, VMware vSphere/ESX, and Citrix XenServer with Virtual Machine Manager; cross-platform monitoring of Linux/Unix/Sun Solaris guests with Operations Manager; cross-platform configuration management for Linux and Unix servers with Configuration Manager; and integrated automation across management toolsets from HP, CA, BMC, EMC, and VMware with Orchestrator. Microsoft plans on keeping a per processor-based pricing model, rather than charging per virtual machine, which offers some strong pricing advantages over VMWare . See http://download.microsoft.com/download/8/7/0/870B5D9B-ACF1-4192-BD0A-543AF551B7AE/System%20Center%202012%20Licensing%20FAQ.pdf for licensing details and FAQ. Looking to complete System Center with IT Asset Management? See the Provance IT Asset Management Pack for Microsoft System Center for details!