(RTW = Released to the Webtubes)

Today at the 2011 Microsoft Management Summit Microsoft announced the availability of the BETA of the next version of System Center Virtual Machine ManagerSCVMM 2012

Here are more details you should check out:

“What are you most excited about in this release, Kevin?”

Oh wow… several things I’ve seen, just off the top of my head:

  • The ability to compose virtual machines from not only hardware and software profiles, but also applications. 
  • Being able to compose an entire service, built of a template that has, for example, different tiers of a multi-tiered application, with definitions of the number (and a numeric range) of instances of machines, with the load balancer and networking all configured as a part of the deployment.  Drag your machine templates in place and LAUNCH.  Amazing.
  • Adding support for managing Citrix XenServer virtualization, alongside of VMware and Microsoft Hyper-V.

I’m downloading mine right now!