Microsoft is adding new features to its System Center
Microsoft is adding new features to its System Center - an IT infrastructure and server management solution - which will enhance its cloud computing services.
The company says the System Center 2012 will enable IT administrators to manage cloud services and system resources when it is released later this year.
Amy Barzdukas, Microsoft senior director of product management said: "If [central IT] does not move fast enough, departmental level [IT staff] are not above going around them and [will] procure space on a site like Windows Azure if they want to deploy something more quickly."
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 can help position virtual machines either on local servers or on Microsoft Azure-based hosted platforms.
The IT administrator can categorise virtual machines into a variety of sets, which will allow them to organise servers that can cover specific tasks.
The program works with virtual machines using the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors which offers optimised virtualisation solution and with those based on VMware and Xen hypervisors.
Barzdukas added: "You create a set of virtual machines with standard packages that have the app and the networking settings, and put those out to the business-level owners."
Copyright Press Association 2011