I have spent the day dug in at the Cabinet War Rooms in London for Inframon’s annual War on Cost event with the top experts in systems management . The venue was chosen to reflect the them of the event and much like world war 2 the Americans in the form of 9 Microsoft experts from the System Center product team were on hand to help. Other allies also contributed in the form of partners who have built on the System Center framework to enhance its capabilities for interop with and more sophisticated reporting:
If you weren’t there then it was all filmed for TechNet (I’ll edit this post when it’s live) and you’ll need to catch that if you want to see what v-next of System Center looks like including Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) and you also can’t make to TechEd in Berlin next week.
What really caught my eye was an early look at SCVMM 2012 which changes the focus form managing servers to managing services so can deploy a Dynamics service, or a SharePoint services etc. It’s looks really well formed already with a shiny office ribbon and slick graphics to model the service dependencies (databases IIS etc.) and how elastic this should be. This new SCVMM can then create clouds for different business units into which services into and delegate administration to nominated staff using familiar role based security, they can then use a locked down version of SCVMM to manage just their own cloud. The vision for System Center is to simply not worry about what infrastructure this is all run on such as the hypervisor or public cloud provider.
A couple of specific things caught my eye are the recent acquisitions around System Center:
So that’s a quick run through the key weapons that System Center will be bringing to the war on cost in your data centre, and may be ending some of the infighting inside a business by providing clarity about performance and running costs by service.