Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1 Brings Cloud OS Closer


Andrew Hertenstein, data center and cloud management manager at En Pointe Technologies, a Gardena, Calif.-based solution provider, said Microsoft's System Center 2012 SP1 will allow his company to offer much more robust management features to customers.

"It's a holistic approach that we weren't expecting from the 2012 release. We were not able to do full management of Windows Server 2012, Windows 8 systems and cloud integrations. A lot of the hardware manufacturers we support have key features that rely on System Center 2012, but we haven't been able to manage those systems that needed Windows Server 2012," Hertenstein said. "The cloud integration and management is awesome. A great example is MDM coupled with Intune, and [it] extends that BYOD pitch we can make to CIOs and CFOs," he said.

In addition, new data protection management and virtual machine management features will drive more opportunities with customers, he said.

"To be able to take those tools to move virtual machines to the cloud, or backup disk to the cloud, to offsite storage -- these are all brand new features we're really excited about. It's like a whole new product and not just a service pack," he said.

PUBLISHED JAN. 15, 2013