Nearly 5,000 IT professionals are in Las Vegas for the Microsoft Management Summit 2012 to learn about Microsoft's initiatives in systems management, virtualization and cloud technologies.  Brad Anderson, Corporate Vice President of the Management and Security Division at Microsoft, took the stage for the opening keynote.  Dell TechCenter evangelists, @iscsiking and @warrenatdell, are at the event and were in the front row to live tweet the highlights for the Dell TechCenter community.

Anderson announced the worldwide availability of System Center 2012, the suite of tools that are the foundation of the Microsoft Private Cloud solution.  Anderson also spoke to how IT professionals can evolve their role as cloud innovators, which he further detailed in a blog post.  In addition to the System Center 2012 announcement, Windows Server "8" was official named Windows Server 2012 and will be available by the end of the year. A replay of his keynote is available here.

Dell is again a Platinum sponsor of the Microsoft Management Summit we announced our Systems Management solutions for System Center 2012.  Paul Rennie has the announcement in his Direct2Dell blog.  Dell has a full slate of presentations and breakout sessions this week. 

On Tuesday, Greg Ramsey, Dell IT engineer and Microsoft MVP, presented on "Configuration Manager 2012 and PowerShell: Better Together" to several hundred attendees looking to improve their PowerShell scripting skills.

Also on Tuesday, Kevin Noreen and Marc Stitt, gave a presentation on "Accelerating the Journey to the Private Cloud with Dell and Microsoft Solutions" explaining how to quickly deploy and automate management of physical, virtual and private cloud technologies through proven, integrated software and hardware configurations and optimized delivery models that leverage Microsoft Systems Center 2012 and Dell’s Virtual Integrated System (VIS) and OpenManage solutions.

We will have more updates here as the event continues.  For the latest news from MMS 2012 follow @iscsiking and @warrenatdell on Twitter along with the #MMS2012 hashtag.