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On Tuesday, Microsoft’s Server & Tools Business division leaders participated in a webcast, “Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud” where they announced the release candidate of System Center 2012 and simplified Microsoft’s private cloud management products. 

You can give this software a try go to http://aka.ms/syscntr While this blog deals more frequently with discussions of Windows Azure, Microsoft’s public cloud service, there are many applications running in datacenters today that are candidates for a private cloud approach, at least in the short term.  In the long run, public cloud computing is where the world is ultimately headed, however many large companies and governments will take a ‘hybrid’ approach over the next decade.  Today’s announcements set companies on the path to build their own private clouds and/or leverage private clouds provided by some of Microsoft’s key partners.

Only Microsoft is both building a global scale public cloud platform and enabling private clouds to blossom (with Windows Sever and System Center) and only Microsoft offers customers the flexibility to choose how/where they want to run their cloud applications.  Microsoft’s private cloud solutions benefit from the feedback loop of delivering our cloud services at massive scale and applying those learnings to our on-premises products.  Brad Anderson published a blog post that describes how public and private clouds come together.

I have helped build out a sample Private Cloud for our team to demo from.  I look forward to updating this to System Center 2012. For IT pros, and the developers that work with them, managing applications and environments is key to transforming IT infrastructure into services the business can use to quickly and reliably deliver applications from the cloud.  With a deep understanding of customers’ applications acquired through years of delivering industry leading IT products, Microsoft’s System Center can manage applications running on physical servers, virtualized servers, private clouds or in the public cloud.

I encourage you watch the “Transforming IT with Microsoft Private Cloud”webcast and learn more.