Microsoft System Center 2012 is the latest version of the System Center Suite of products from Microsoft. Launched at the Microsoft Management Summit in April 2012, System Center comprises a unified suite of 7 Systems Management products:-
Unlike the 2007 release of System Center, where you could purchase and install the products individually, you now purchase the entire product suite. This may sound like a sales ploy to charge more, but in fact Microsoft have very compelling licensing for System Center 2012, especially in a Virtualised or Private Cloud environment.
Unified Installer provides a common interface and experience when installing the System Center 2012 components. It provides for all of the product prerequisites including SQL 2008. Unlike System Center 2007 where you had to install each product individually, including having to connect to multiple machines, you can now carry out a complete distributed installation of all 7 components of Microsoft System Center 2012 from a central location.
The Buzz Words for System Center 2012 are Private Cloud and Self Service. App Controller provides a common self-service experience across private and public clouds that can help you easily configure, deploy, and manage virtual machines and services across private and public clouds.
System Center Configurations Manager 2012 (SCCM) is a solution for the control and administration of Configuration and Change management for Microsoft Infrastructure solutions. System Center 2012 Configuration Manager enables businesses to:
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager lets you run reports to consolidate information across the organisation. You can use Configuration Manager to manage a wide range of Microsoft operating systems, including desktop clients, Windows Server, and mobile devices.
System Center 2012 – Data Protection Manager (DPM) is the Backup and Recovery module within the suite, enabling disk-to-disk and tape-based data protection and recovery for servers including core Microsoft applications such as SQL Server, Microsoft Exchange, SharePoint, virtual servers and file servers. DPM also provides data backup and Recovery protection for Windows desktops and laptops.
Microsoft System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection takes over from where ForeFront left off and provides a comprehensive anti-malware and security solution for the Microsoft platform. Where System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection is used in conjunction with System Center 2012 Configuration Manager, it provides a comprehensive enterprise management solution that enables you to:
System Center 2012 – Operations Manager (SCOM) provides flexible infrastructure monitoring to ensure the predictable performance and availability of core business applications, such as Exchange and Sharepoint. SCOM 2012 provides comprehensive monitoring for your datacenter along with both public and private cloud.
System Center 2012 - Orchestrator is a workflow management, or Run Book Automation, platform for the data center. Orchestrator lets you automate the creation, monitoring, management and deployment of resources within your infrastructure.
System Center 2012 – Service Manager (SCSM) is the Help Desk and Service Management component within the Suite. It provides an integrated platform for automating and adapting your company IT service management best practices and helps promote Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). It provides built-in processes for incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset life-cycle management. Highly integrated with the other components within the suite it allows SCOM to escalate tickets directly within Service Manager and then use the asset management information from SCCM to augment the problem information.
System Center 2012 – Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) is a management solution for the virtualised datacenter, enabling you to configure and manage your virtualisation hosts, networking, and storage resources in order to create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds that you have created.
You can find out more about Microsoft System Center 2012 on the Microsoft site at http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/system-center/default.aspx or complete the Sales Enquiry form on the right and discuss your project with us.