Microsoft has launched a new apps controller component with its System Center 2012

Microsoft Launches Windows System Center 2012 with Simplified Licenses, Cloud Apps

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At the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Microsoft officially launched the new version of its management platform Windows System Center 2012.

While System Center 2012 is available immediately, Windows Server 2012, formerly Windows Server 8, will be available at some point this calendar year, Microsoft says.

In addition to a new licensing structure, which several reports predict were put in place to leverage the pitfalls in competitor VMware’s product licensing, Microsoft added a new component called App Controller which gives developers the ability to set up VMs to run specific versions of applications to test against new apps, a report by ITWorld says.

The licensing structure has only two packages – down from 100 with the old model – to simplify the licensing process for customers. Now customers will buy the entire suite rather than individual parts or in bundles of a few components. Microsoft’s SPLA licensing model also is limited to two different options.

In a demonstration on Tuesday, Microsoft corporate vice president Brad Anderson said that Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 would support up to a terabyte of memory per virtual machine, at the same licensing cost as any other virtual workload, according to a report by Ars Technica. VMware’s software licensing scheme for its hypervisor is based on the number of processors used and caps the number of cores per license at 12.

The service provider console in Windows System Center 2012 allows for the automation of hardware provisioning, the creation and management of resource pools, and drag-and-drop creation of server clusters.

The apps controller gives administrators a view of deployed application services and available cloud resources. The console also enables administrators to automate the rollout of applications from pre-production to full production, based on templates and wizards, as well as providing application performance monitoring, according to a report by Ars Technica.

On Wednesday, Cloud Cruiser announced that it has launched its cloud cost intelligence solution for System Center 2012 for hosting providers and customers to gain insight into cost analytics.

Also last week, Microsoft announced that its revenue for third quarter was $17.1 billion, up six percent year over year. Its server and tools division revenue was up nine percent year over year at $5.81 billion. SharePoint and Exchange experienced double digit growth, and Lync revenue grew by more than 35 percent, Ars Technica says.

Talk back: What are you most excited about with the release of Windows System Center 2012? Do you think less licensing models will make for more simple billing?


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