imageTuesday at Microsoft Management Summit 2011 the conference kicked into full gear. Microsoft corporate vice president, management and security division, Brad Anderson delivered the keynote focusing on cloud technologies that are delivered through the System Center family of technologies.

Anderson hit on a number of critical points during the webinar, none more valuable than identifying Microsoft’s characteristics and attributes of cloud technologies. According to Microsoft, cloud technologies must be:

  • Shared
  • Self-service capable
  • Scalable and elastic
  • Usage based

Supporting strategies such as extreme standardization and application design are used to round out the cloud infrastructure to deliver a cloud-style application. Specifically regarding virtualization and Microsoft products, the Microsoft cloud is Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2012 and Hyper-V. SCVMM 2012 brings a fundamental new attribute to Microsoft’s virtualization strategy—the service template. The service template couples the virtual machine template with a pairing of application virtualization for server applications, or App-V for servers. This will pair two critical virtualization technologies in SCVMM 2012 to keep server-side applications such as Internet Information Services (IIS) up-to-date as applications change.

Other points in the keynote identified that the System Center line of products are all going to the 2012 designation and two major additions: System Center Advisor and System Center Orchestrator will be the finalized product from the Opalis line for integration, orchestration and automation.

After the keynote, attendees had a busy day filled with instructor-led labs, breakout sessions, discussion panels and birds-of-a-feather sessions.

At the Veeam booth (#427) during the “Ask the Experts” session, attendees interacted directly with Microsoft System Center MVPs Cameron Fuller and Pete Zerger and about System Center Operations Manager were answered. A number of attendees also won a Microsoft Arc Touch mouse as part of the interactive discussion.

MMS 2011 continues to be a busy place! Wednesday will be another keynote and session-filled day. Stay tuned for more from MMS!

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