Orchestrator is a critical component in the System Center 2012 release, providing the Process Automation capability to our customers and giving them 3 key benefits:

· Optimizes existing datacenter investments by integrating, extending, and interoperating with heterogeneous tools and systems.

· Helps deliver flexible and reliable datacenter services by orchestrating process workflows  across multi-disciplinary process silos

· Lowers costs and improves predictability by automating private cloud scenarios to reduce manual error-prone activities


following features for the beta:

· New unified installer experience based on System Center best practices

· New REST based web service supporting OData to enable easy management of the Orchestrator runtime environment

· New Orchestration Console web portal for IT operators to monitor and control Runbooks in their environment

· Updated cryptography and security model based on Microsoft best practices allowing for centralized security management.

· Rebranding of the product to represent the Microsoft System Center brand

· Significant improvements to security based on Microsoft SDL best practices

· Remediation / Removal of 3rd party code (no java requirements for Orchestrator 2012)

· Delivery of VMWare VSphere & IBM Netcool Integration packs



How to get involved:

You can install the product from the download center (should be live in the next few hours)

Learn about using the product at http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc507089.aspx

Read about usage scenarios on http://blogs.technet.com/b/SCOrch

Download existing Opalis SC integration packs and Opalis SDK (Quick Integration Kit)

Download and contribute to the community at http://opalis.codeplex.com/

Send feedback on https://connect.microsoft.com/Opalis/Feedback