Cloud computing and services are the future, both for enterprise users and consumers. Today Microsoft announced that they have released a big update to its “Cloud OS” platform, System Center 2012 Service Pack 1.
So what does the new upgrade bring to the table? In Microsoft’s own words:
With the updated System Center, customers can centrally manage cloud-based applications and resources running in their datacenters, on a hosted service provider datacenter or on Windows Azure. By integrating service provider cloud capacity and management directly into their operations, enterprises can extend their datacenter capabilities. Administrators can move virtual machines to Windows Azure and manage them from within System Center, based on their needs.
Interestingly enough, even though Microsoft choose today to officially announce SP1, it has actually been out since December, alongside the fourth version of their Windows Intune cloud service.
According to Microsoft the release of both InTune and System Center 2012 SP1 will help enterprise customers manage their vast array of devices, including both traditional PCs as well as tablets and smartphones.
Microsoft says that using these tools alongside Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 devices will provide a secure approach that should help IT organizations better implement BYOD policies and much more.
Do you use Windows cloud services like Azure in your place of business? Have you upgraded to System Center 2012 Service Pack 1? If so, what do you think of the changes?
For more details on the press announcement and what it means for Microsoft’s cloud-inspired future, hit the source link directly below.