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System Center keys in on cloud management

Microsoft's Robert Reynolds discusses the latest System Center releases and how they tie into the company's overall cloud strategy.

Cloud computing is reshaping the role admins play in IT management. As more organizations adopt the cloud and become familiar with its benefits, exciting new insight into the present and future state of cloud computing is unfolding – with Microsoft looking to play a major role.

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At Microsoft Management Summit 2010, we spoke with Robert Reynolds, director of product planning for Microsoft System Center, about how the company's latest systems management releases relate to the future of cloud computing. Click play below to get the details on new features for Operations Manager 2007 R2, how Microsoft's recent Opalis acquisition affects Service Manager and other System Center products, and what the future holds for upcoming releases.


  • (1:01) Monitoring the cloud with Operations Manager
  • (3:01) Service Manager is finally here – now what?
  • (4:37) What Opalis means to System Center
  • (6:12) Configuration Manager 2007 R3 and beyond
  • (9:41) Virtual Machine Manager 2008 R2's new power
  • (12:00) Jumping cloud computing hurdles
  • (13:49) Looking ahead to public vs. private cloud environments

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