Microsoft brings new offering to outline Cloud OS vision

by CXOtoday News Desk    Jan 18, 2013

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Microsoft recently announced a series of products and services to strengthen its Cloud OS vision. The new offerings - System Center 2012 Service Pack 1, new Windows Intune and Windows Azure services for Windows Server are designed to help enterprise customers manage hybrid cloud services and connected devices with greater agility and cost-efficiency.

In his official blog, Michael Park, corporate vice president of marketing for Server and Tools, Microsoft mentioned that after talking to CIOs and IT leaders of organizations, we have got very positive feedback on Cloud OS. “They see it as a differentiated approach from Microsoft that will help them embrace the transformational changes happening now,” he said.

“With Windows Server and Windows Azure at its core, the Cloud OS provides a consistent platform across customer datacenters, service provider datacenters and the Microsoft public cloud,” said Park, adding that powerful management and automation capabilities are key elements of the Cloud OS, taking the heavy lifting out of administration and freeing IT organizations to be more innovative as they embrace hybrid cloud computing and the consumerization of IT.

At the highest level, the Cloud OS does what a traditional operating system does – manage applications and hardware – but at the scope and scale of cloud computing. The foundations of the Cloud OS are Windows Server and Windows Azure, complemented by the full breadth of our technology solutions, such as SQL Server, System Center and Visual Studio. Together, these technologies provide one consistent platform for infrastructure, apps and data that can span your datacenter, service provider datacenters, and the Microsoft public cloud.

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.

With the help of these new solutions, enterprise customers can centrally manage a full array of PCs, laptops and mobile devices. With one management console, IT organizations can crack the bring-your-own-device challenge, helping ensure secure and productive employee experiences with applications and data on virtually any device, anywhere, believes Park.