SYSTEM MANAGEMENT/NETWORK MANAGEMENT
Microsoft edged out Hewlett-Packard in the System Management/Network Management category in this year's Channel Champs awards. A good guess is that the Microsoft System Center 2012, launched in April, gave a boost to Microsoft's scores.
System Center 2012, chosen by the CRN Test Center as a 2012 product of the year, was a milestone for Microsoft. The software can recognize and manage multiple servers at once and offers a dashboard interface that provides IT administrators with a tree-style view of different types of servers. Another plus: Microsoft's decision to reduce the number of licensing options from more than 100 to just two.