Microsoft announced yesterday the availability of 2 new betas for System Center products

Microsoft System Center Essentials

System Center Essentials 2010

SCE 2010 is designed specifically for mid-sized organizations and delivers a unified physical and virtual IT management experience.

It enables you to better secure, update, monitor, and troubleshoot from a single console, so you can efficiently and proactively manage your IT environment:

  • A unified solution with a single console for managing your physical and virtual servers, client computers, hardware, software, and IT services
  • Smart alert notifications of IT issues, providing expert diagnostic information to accelerate problem diagnosis and quickly resolve issues before they cause downtime
  • Simplify complex management tasks, like creation of virtual servers, software deployment, update management, and inventory collection
  • And designed to be easy to deploy and maintain, exclusively for mid-sized organizations

 

Microsoft System Center Data Protection Manager

System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

There are lots of reasons to be excited about DPM 2010.  Here are a few:

  • Virtualization administrators get item-level restore from within VM backups, as well as support for LiveMigration (CSV) scenarios for Hyper-V R2
  • SharePoint administrators lose the need for a Recovery Farm and gain auto-protection of new content databases
  • SQL Server administrators get auto-protection at a SQL instance level, huge scalability increases and a self-service restore utility for DBAs
  • Exchange managers get support for Exchange 2010, including DAG configurations, as well as CCR/SCR
  • Windows client users get protection and recovery for remote laptops, with protection online and offline
  • Disaster Recovery planners get lots of new options around multi-site chaining and protection between sites
  • And everyone gets new enterprise scalability, reliability and manageability enhancements