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System Center 2012 Major Announcement

System Center 2012

Microsoft Brings the Cloud Down to Earth

Today during the "Private Cloud Day" live webcast event, Microsoft announced major change in how we think of and purchase the System Center suite. Summary.. it's no longer a separate set of products, but it is just one product: System Center 2012. Ready to try it? http://aka.ms/syscntr

In a nutshell: System Center is now just one product, that comes in two editions, with many components. And the full-set of components come in the two product editions:

System Center Editions and Components

"So, when I buy System Center, I get the full suite?"


"So.. this chart doesn't show that there is any difference. What's different between Standard and Datacenter?"

Standard Edition is licensed per two physical processors, and each license gives you management rights of two virtualized servers. Buy as many as you need for the number of virtualized servers you want to manage.

Datacenter Edition is also licensed per two physical processors, but it provides use rights for management of an unlimited number of VMs per license.

For complete details on the announcement and on System Center 2012, CLICK HERE.

For the licensing implications and the transition for existing customers, CLICK HERE.

And please try out the different component Release Candidates HERE.

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John Weston is a Cloud IT Pro Evangelist for Microsoft.http://aka.ms/syscntr During the last ten years he has spoken to thousands of IT Professionals across the country. Before joining Microsoft full time, he spent six years as an MCT, training people at a local college and getting new Microsoft hires up to speed. He holds more certifications than he can remember, but the list definitely includes MCITP, MCSE, MCDBA, MCT, and CCNA. Before becoming and MCT, Weston co-owned a software development and consulting firm that was a Microsoft Partner based in Dallas. His primary blog includes http://blogs.technet.com/b/jweston.