On January 17 2012, Microsoft® announced a major new development in the Microsoft private cloud strategy and core management platform, the launch of Microsoft System Center 2012.  System Center 2012 can allow you to manage your virtual, physical, and cloud environments from a single console, using common and consistent experiences that provide full control across your existing datacenter investments.

Optimized for service delivery and providing both flexibility and control, the Microsoft private cloud can enable you to experience IT as a Service on your terms.  Adopting a more service-driven IT model can help you  provision services faster—freeing up resources and enabling greater business agility to respond quickly to customer demands.

As part of the System Center 2012 release, Microsoft is simplifying how you purchase and gain access to the economic benefits of the cloud by offering two editions:

  • System Center 2012 Standard Edition, for managing environments with no or low density virtualization
  • System Center 2012 Datacenter Edition, for managing high density virtualization environments

With these streamlined purchasing options and enhanced private cloud capabilities, Microsoft is also announcing changes in the licensing and pricing of System Center 2012.