Microsoft System Center 2012

What allows IT managers to support operations on the Azure Cloud? Assume that you want to make the move to the cloud, and you have decided on what applications and data you want to process on the Azure data center, how do you manage it? There must be a system that allows you to access and control the operations; and that would be the System Center 2012.

System Center 2012 enables you to integrate a wide range of technologies into a coherent private cloud:

First, it allows you to manage different hypervisors centrally from a single pane of glass with support for Windows Server Hyper-V, VMWare vSphere, and Citrix XenServer. Secondly, it also lets you monitor Windows Server, Sun Solaris, and various Linux and Unix distributions. You are not tied down to only one OS element. And finally, you can integrate toolsets from HP, CA, BMC, EMC, and VMware into automated workflows.

The Operations of Cloud Computing

What this means is that Cloud computing transforms the way enterprises provide and consume IT services with the promise of more productive infrastructure and more predictable applications.

Business users see cost savings and flexibility when they consume IT as a Service—a service that they self-allocate through a portal, that scales up or down according to their needs, and that they pay for based on use. Consider that most companies cannot afford to upgrade to the latest operating system because that would also involve upgrading to more sophisticated and expensive hardware. But with the Cloud operations, the latest software and hardware is automatically provided, so the upgrade costs are never there.

Datacenter administrators will see cost savings by pooling shared resources together into a private cloud that serves multiple business users who consume only what they need. Flexibility will come through leveraging public cloud resources to complement on-premises capacity. So if you need it you use it, if you don’t, you won’t. All of this provides cost controls that you can manage.


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