Post by Garth Fort, General Manager of the Management and Security Product Management Team:

Cloud Computing is emerging as a major opportunity in shaping the nature of business and IT conversations. Cloud Computing enables what we call “IT as a Service”.  IT needs to be delivered to businesses in a manner that is agile & cost-effective while delivering the service levels that businesses require to be competitive and effective. A cloud based service demonstrates the key attributes of self-service, elasticity, pooled resources and usage based management that can meet the challenges of delivering “IT as a service”.

You have heard the promise of what the Private Cloud can offer and it is about time that we owe you and ourselves a world class Private Cloud solution. With System Center 2012 and Windows Server Hyper-V, we are delivering on it. To help you understand how we do this, we are excited to announce the Private Cloud Community Evaluation Program (Private Cloud CEP). With our Private Cloud CEP, we will show you how and help you build your own Private Cloud infrastructure from scratch.

System Center 2012 combined with Windows Server Hyper-V helps you deliver flexible and cost effective private cloud infrastructure to your business units in a self-service model, while carrying forward your existing datacenter investments. Recognizing that applications are where core business value resides, System Center 2012 offers performance based monitoring and deep application insight which combined with a “service centric” approach helps you deliver predictable application service levels. System Center 2012 also empowers you to deliver and consume private and public cloud computing on your terms with common management experiences across your environments.

We have had great success running the Community Evaluation Programs for individual System Center products where we invite customers to join us virtually as we talk and demonstrate in great detail about all that is new with System Center 2012. Based on growing interest in Microsoft’s Private Cloud offering, we are ready to kick-off a new program that focuses on how the System Center 2012 products work together to help you create and manage a Private cloud in a very structured manner. As a part of this program you will have clear learning themes that will help you all the way from creating your Private Cloud infrastructure to deploying and monitoring applications in a self-service model. This program will provide you an opportunity to evaluate the products, with guidance from the product teams and understand how System Center 2012  and Windows Server Hyper-V will really change the way you look at Private Cloud.

The program begins on November 1st, 2011 at 1 PM PST and I will be doing the kick-off session. I invite you all to a guided journey to the Private Cloud and beyond. To learn more about the program and sign-up, please follow the link below.

Private Cloud CEP Application: Click Here  

Enjoy the program!

Garth