Microsoft announced additions yesterday to its management tools that will help customers get a handle on hybrid cloud and mobile environments.
Since mid-2012, the company has been evangelizing its concept of the Cloud OS, a consistent platform built on Windows Server and Windows Azure. The release of System Center 2012 and Windows Intune helped to complete that picture with unified management.
The additions announced yesterday augmented System Center 2012 with Service Pack 1. This allows IT to manage datacenter components like networking, storage, and compute together as a single system. It also allows for the management of cloud-based applications and resources running in the enterprise datacenter, at a hosted service provider, or in the Windows Azure cloud. Administrators can move virtual machines from one environment to another and manage them within System Center, according to the announcement.
Microsoft also released System Center's Configuration Manager SP1 module with Windows Intune. The web console is designed to "deliver a unified device management solution for the enterprise," according to a blog post by Mike Schutz, Microsoft general manager of Windows server and management product marketing.
The latest version of Intune fosters management and software distribution across a range of mobile devices and platforms, including Windows 8 and RT, Windows Phone 8, Android, and iOS. It also allows administrators to manage both enterprise and personal devices with a single console through Configuration Manager. With this release, the service has been extended to 87 countries worldwide.
Yes. PaaS allows application development on top of a virtual machine via System Center 2012. If an application under development is mobile, it could be tested on a mobile device via the MDM services to make sure it works with an enterprise system.
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