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System Center 2012 “Cloud in Your Pocket”; More Lies Ahead

It takes a lot more than a 16GB flash drive full of management products to deliver a production cloud.

System Center 2012 “Ready Now”; More Lies Ahead

Microsoft System Center private cloud campaign claims "Ready now." Is it?

Missing: “Private Clouds” at the MMS 2012 Hosted Cloud Pavilion

The "hosted private clouds" on display at MMS 2012 were based on shared infrastructure, making them public clouds in reality.

Missing: System Center 2012 Hybrid Cloud

According to NIST, hybrid cloud infrastructures enable data and application portability - not typically a point of compatibility between PaaS and IaaS clouds.

Microsoft Management Summit 2012 a.k.a. “MMS 2011 for real this time”

Microsoft tipped their hand by announcing a plethora of beta products in 2011, left with little to announce this year at Microsoft Management Summit 2012.

System Center 2012 — “Now it’s a cloud!”

How is a tricked-out bicycle like a System Center 2012 private cloud?

System Center 2012 RTM

System Center 2012 RTM planned for "2H CY11" -- can you feel the excitement?

Single Pane of Glass — Hyper-V Edition

Do not believe the hype from Microsoft execs about System Center single pane of glass management. The loosely integrated tools require administrators to use numerous interfaces.

PRO Tips: pros only, please

I recently had the opportunity to attend a two-day Microsoft training class on Hyper-V and SCVMM 2008.  This was a typical Microsoft course with hands-on labs and was billed as a Technical Deep-Dive – whatever that means. I was particularly interested in PRO Tips, which is consistently mentioned as a key benefit of SCVMM.  It […]

Two thousand?

Gartner recently published a report with some interesting details on System Center Operations Manager (SCOM).  One of the three key findings: Operations Manager 2007’s value diminishes when managing non-Microsoft IT elements, whether management is provided by Microsoft or a third party. Sort of reminds me of the value of SCVMM-VirtualCenter integration, but that’s another topic.