Microsoft Improves Hybrid Cloud ManagementMicrosoft has announced System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and an updated version of Windows Intune, as well as Windows Azure services for Windows Server to cater to the needs of managing devices within hybrid cloud services.
The new System Center service pack enables admins to centralize the management of cloud applications that can either run in an on-premises private cloud, a hosted cloud, or on Windows Azure. The software also integrates support for a new Azure app, Global Service Monitor, which provides data on web app performance from a user's perspective, as well as a new backup solution that allows admins to backup their servers to Windows Azure.
In combination with Intune, Microsoft's solution to manage PCs and mobile devices, Microsoft claims that System Center 2012 SP1 provides "a more comprehensive approach" to manage Windows 8 PCs, Windows RT tablets and Windows Phone 8 smartphones, "as well as the diversity of other platforms" within an enterprise infrastructure.
Microsoft also released Windows Azure services for Windows Server which enables hosters to install Azure on their Windows Server 2012 infrastructure to provide "high-scale website and virtual machine hosting services."
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