The computing industry is embracing cloud computing with astounding speed. For any company to remain relevant, they must develop tools that work in and with the cloud computing eco-system. We (Microsoft) are no different. If you have not seen the following System Center products that are in development, I encourage you…..no…..I implore you to check them out and provide us feedback.

System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta

This is not a simple re-skin of VMM with the word “cloud” sprinkled around it. I installed the beta yesterday and there is a lot that has changed and a lot to learn. If you do anything with virtualization, particularly the current shipping version of VMM, you will want to download and play with the beta. One of the more exciting features is the even deeper support for working with VMWare virtualization and now, Citrix XenServer!

Get More Info and download SCVMM 2012 Beta

System Center Configuration Manager 2012 Beta 2

You may have heard the term “the consumerization of IT”, but what does that really mean? It means that more and more people are bring their consumer devices into the work place and expecting those devices to work at work, for work. Consumers are driving adoption of new devices, particularly mobile computing platforms, at an astounding rate. What that means for IT Pros is there are more devices of a wider variety connecting to our networks that have to be managed and secured. This is where the next generation of Configuration Manager comes in.

Get More Info and download SCCM 2012 Beta 2

System Center Operations Manager 2012 Beta CEP

The next version of SCOM is in beta and we are looking for some very direct, focused feedback on feature sets. We are currently offering a CEP – Community Evaluation Program (I like to call it a Customer Excitement Program!) to a limited number of applicants. Through this program you will have direct access to Subject Matter Experts, including MVP’s, to discuss ne features and provide feedback.

Get more Info and apply for the SCOM 2012 Beta CEP

***Note – as of this posting, the link in the above post to http://msft.it/CEP is dead. We are aware of this. ***

Additional Resources:

Official System Center Blog

System Center on Technet

Cheers!