Microsoft Brings the Cloud Down to Earth for Enterprises

System Center 2012 delivers the private cloud to business in India

In an online broadcast today from Microsoft Corp. headquarters, Satya Nadella, president of Microsoft Server and Tools Business, laid out how Microsoft’s private cloud solution will help businesses move faster, save money and better compete in 2012.He highlightedhow companies, such as webcast participants Lufthansa Systems, T. Rowe Price and Unilever, can useMicrosoft System Center 2012to build and operate private cloudsfor the delivery ofbusiness applications across both private and public cloud platforms.System Center 2012 is available today in a Release Candidate as a single, integrated private cloud management solution for the first time.

“IT leaders tell me that private cloud computingpromises to help them focus on innovation over maintenance, to streamline costs and to respond to theneed for IT speed,” Nadellasaid. “We are delivering on that promise today. With System Center 2012, customers can move beyond the industry hype and speculation, and progress into the here and now of private cloud.”

All Together Now:Private Cloud Simplicity and Best Economics

New advancesin System Center 2012 demonstrate Microsoft’s commitment to easing the acquisition, deployment and economics of private cloud computing. Microsoft’s partners in India are betting on the economics of System Center 2012.

Srikanth Karnakota, Director, Server and Cloud Business, Microsoft Indiacommented on this announcement:“System Center 2012 launch is ushering in the power of hybrid cloud- it really simplifies management of your virtual and physical infrastructure across both public and private clouds with deep application level insight. With native support to manage any hypervisor, System Center 2012 gives the power to manage your datacenter or public cloud workloads with a single pane of window.”

System Center 2012 integrates eight separate componentproductsinto one unifiedsolution, streamlining installation and reducing the time it takes to deploy from days down to hours. The number of product versionshas also been simplified, so customers will be able to choose between the Standard and Datacenter editions ofthe product, based on their virtualization requirements. And because System Center 2012 Datacenter edition licensing covers unlimited virtual machines, customers can continually grow their private clouds without additional licensing costsfor virtualizing their infrastructure and applications.

The Microsoft Private Cloud:Built for the Future.Ready Now

Lufthansa Systems andUnileverarealso relying on System Center 2012 and the Microsoft private cloud.

“We are making the move to cloud computing across our company, and after looking at our options, Microsoft offers the right solutions for us,” said Holger Berndt, head of Microsoft Servers at Lufthansa Systems. “With the integrated approach and technology, we can use the people and skills we have in place now to build the private cloud services we need to meet the complex IT requirements of our customers.Microsoft brings it all together, including the clear path to public cloud on Windows Azure.”

“Our private cloud will help us meet our goal of doubling Unilever’s business without increasing our environmental footprint,” said Mike Royle, enterprise services IT director at Unilever.“Working with Avanade, we are betting on System Center 2012 as the management platform to extend our investments in virtualization toward private cloud, to automate processes, and to ensure the reliability of our infrastructure and application services.”

The Microsoft Private Cloud: In India

“While cloud adoption and awareness have increased rapidly across Asia, with particularly strong growth in India and China; CIOs have identified security and interoperability as key issues impeding rampant adoption. The key is to offer seamless movement across cloud environments and develop industry-wide standards that work with most vendors and service partners,” said Sanchit VirGogia, Senior Analyst, Forrester Research.

“With compelling offerings across both private and public cloud, coupled with the unmatched value of choosing between on-premise and cloud versions of key products, Microsoft is offering cloud to customers on their terms”, said Srikanth Karnakota.

“We needed high quality processes to manage our server infrastructure. The fact that System Center includes a set of integrated, robust products for managing virtual machines, monitoring infrastructure health, and data backup was compelling,” said Ranga Prasad, Head – Global Systems, Virtusa.

More information is available here, including the on-demand broadcast, links to the Microsoft private cloud evaluation software and more.The conversation on Twitter can be followed at #MSFTprivatecloud.

Founded in 1975, Microsoft (NASDAQ “MSFT”) is the worldwide leader in software for personal and business computing. The company offers a wide range of products and services designed to empower people through great software – any time, any place and on any device. Microsoft Corporation (India) Private Ltd is a subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation, USA. It has had a presence in India since 1990 and currently has offices in nine cities – Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Kochi, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi and Pune.

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