Microsoft Advances the Cloud OS With New Management Solutions

Tue Jan 15, 2013 11:00am EST

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New offerings deliver on the commitment to help customers and partners deliver
cloud services and manage connected devices.
REDMOND, Wash.,  Jan. 15, 2013  /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. today announced
the availability of new solutions to help enterprise customers manage hybrid
cloud services and connected devices with greater agility and cost-efficiency.
System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), the enhanced Windows Intune, Windows
Azure services for Windows Server and other new offerings deliver against the
Microsoft Cloud OS vision to provide customers and partners with the platform to
address their top IT challenges.


"With Windows Server and Windows Azure at its core, the Cloud OS provides a
consistent platform across customer datacenters, service provider datacenters
and the Microsoft public cloud," said  Michael Park, corporate vice president of
marketing for Server and Tools, Microsoft. "Powerful management and automation
capabilities are key elements of the Cloud OS, taking the heavy lifting out of
administration and freeing IT organizations to be more innovative as they
embrace hybrid cloud computing and the consumerization of IT."

Park today wrote about the Cloud OS on the The Official Microsoft Blog  here.

Transforming the Datacenter
Using System Center 2012 SP1 with Windows Server 2012, customers can shift from
managing datacenter components separately to delivering resources as a whole,
including networking, storage and compute. Cloud infrastructure capabilities
such as multitenancy, software-defined networking and storage virtualization are
built in and ready for automated, hybrid cloud environments.

With the updated System Center, customers can centrally manage cloud-based
applications and resources running in their datacenters, on a hosted service
provider datacenter or on Windows Azure. By integrating service provider cloud
capacity and management directly into their operations, enterprises can extend
their datacenter capabilities. Administrators can move virtual machines to
Windows Azure and manage them from within System Center, based on their needs.

Customers can also use System Center 2012 SP1 to back up their servers to
Windows Azure to help protect against data loss and corruption. In addition, SP1
supports Global Service Monitor, a new Windows Azure-based service available for
trial evaluation today, which provides Web application performance measurement
from a user's perspective.  

Hosting Service Providers and the Cloud OS  
Hosting service providers play a key role in the Cloud OS with the opportunity
to deliver new solutions, attract more customers and grow revenues. With Windows
Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, they can build multitenant,
massive-scale cloud services that interoperate with customer datacenter
operations. For example, System Center 2012 SP1 delivers a Service Provider
Foundation API, which hosting partners can use to give customers self-service
management of hosted infrastructure and applications.

Microsoft today released Windows Azure technologies that hosting service
providers can run on their own Windows Server 2012 infrastructure for high-scale
website and virtual machine hosting services. These capabilities are
specifically designed for easy incorporation into hosting service providers'
offerings for deployment to their customer bases.

Unified PC and Device Management
With the new release of the Windows Intune service and System Center 2012
Configuration Manager SP1, enterprise customers can centrally manage a full
array of PCs, laptops and mobile devices. With one management console, IT
organizations can crack the bring-your-own-device challenge, helping ensure
secure and productive employee experiences with applications and data on
virtually any device, anywhere.

Working as a unified solution, Windows Intune and System Center Configuration
Manager provide a comprehensive approach to better securing and managing the new
generation of powerful Windows 8 PCs, Windows RT tablets and Windows Phone 8
smartphones, as well as the diversity of other platforms in today's modern

More information about System Center 2012 SP1 is available at, and more information about Windows Intune
is available at Those interested can follow
the conversation on Twitter at #CloudOS,  @WindowsServer,  @WindowsIntune  and 

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