Tuesday, January 15 marks a major milestone for Hosting
Service Providers who leverage the Microsoft Platform. Microsoft broadly
announced the availability of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) as well
as new Windows Server hosting technologies – Web Sites, Virtual Machine
Hosting, and Service Management Portal. These releases include technologies
specifically built for Hosting Service Providers that are designed to reduce
infrastructure costs as well as enable new business opportunities. Have you
seen how this release can benefit your customers? We have gathered some
helpful resources to get you started below.
Step 1: Learn more about System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Server 2012:
Read the press release and an accompanying executive blog post outlining Microsoft’s Cloud OS
vision. Then review the following information to learn more.
System Center 2012 SP1
Enables full management of Windows Server 2012 with System Center as well as Service Provider Foundation (SPF) API for easier integration, management and automation with System Center
System Center 2012 App Controller provides a common self-service experience
across private, hosted, and public clouds that can help you empower
application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new
System Center 2012 Configuration Manager provides comprehensive configuration
management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with
the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining
corporate compliance and control
System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager provides unified data protection for
Windows servers and clients that can help you deliver scalable, manageable,
and cost-effective protection and restore scenarios from disk, tape, and
System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection, built on System Center Configuration
Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits
as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and
compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection.
System Center 2012 Operations Manager provides deep application diagnostics and
infrastructure monitoring that can help you ensure the predictable
performance and availability of vital applications and offers a comprehensive
view of your datacenter, private cloud, and public clouds.
System Center 2012 Orchestrator provides orchestration, integration, and
automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks that can help you
to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
System Center 2012 Service Manager provides flexible self-service experiences
and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people,
workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.
This now includes bill back and ticketing management features to simplify
integration with your systems.
System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager provides virtual machine management
and services deployment with support for multi-hypervisor environments that
can help you deliver a flexible and cost effective private cloud environment.
In this release features made available in Windows Server 2012 such as: network virtualization, Hyper-V Replica, multi-tenancy, resource throttling, high-availability, storage virtualization, automation and other features are fully managed.
Windows Server 2012
Step 2: Start a Proof of Concept with System Center
Step 3: Determine if you need a control panel ISV.
You may choose to develop your own control panel using SPF or you may choose to buy a third party solution. ExtendASP (www.extendasp.com
) supports System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Server 2012 in their EPS control panel including support for Virtual Machine Manager, Private VLAN creation, Service Templates, automation via System Center Orchestrator runbooks and additional features from Windows Server 2012 and System Center. ExtendASP's EPS beta will be available by end of January will a RTM release by end of Q1 2013. Parallels, Citrix, inTy, and Ensim have also announced plans to support Windows Server 2012 and/or System Center 2012.
Step 4: Review Hosting Service Provider Case Studies.
Step 5: Contact your account team for assistance.
Microsoft Partner Hosting and Cloud Services - Technology Specialist team
System Center 2012
Service Pack 1 General Availability
Hosting on Microsoft.com
Web Sites & Virtual Machines for
Windows Server 2012
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