GSX was one the software vendor invited to join the Systems Center Alliance Partner Sessions, at TechED North America 2014. The day was kicked off by a special keynote delivered by Brad Anderson, Corporate VP, Windows Server and System Center Program Management.
The push towards cloud computing is on everyone's lips again. Microsoft has been developing and promoting its cloud products and platforms for the past few years. The movement has seen pretty much every one of their major on-premises services transform to a hosted version as a service in Azure as the platform to power these services. The big takeaway from TechEd 2014 is undoubtedly that the public and private cloud model is the now the new normal in IT.
This takeaway was indeed supported by statistics provided by Microsoft showing the evolution and growth of the cloud in enterprise. Without sharing the specific metrics as it is confidential, there has been large growth around Cloud Enterprise, SQL, Windows Server, Hyper V and Azure. The future will likely see Windows x86 server sales declining with double digit growth expected around Windows Azure & Hyper V.
Office365 has also been rapidly growing in the enterprise over the past year, and a true testament to this growth is with the adoption of O365 in financial organizations. Building trust and assurance with customers will continue to be the key to the evolution of O365 and Azure going forward.
According to Microsoft, some of the big business opportunities for Microsoft partners to grow around the cloud include:
- Software Defined Data Centers
- WS 2003 and competitive Migrations
- Hybrid and Heterogeneous Solutions
- SaaS and Cloud Integrated Content
- Application Lifecycle Management
- Data Protection for Mobile Devices
A large takeaway from the SCA Partner Day was the focus on the development and improvements of Systems Center Advisor. Microsoft System Center Advisor provides alerts and knowledge for unpatched, misconfigured and unsupported configuration on your most important Microsoft Server workloads. The tool will expand to be an overall portal focusing on:
- Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012
- Windows Server 2008 and 2008 R2:
- Active Directory
- Hyper-V Host
- General operating system
- SQL Server 2008 and later
- SQL Engine
- Microsoft SharePoint 2010
- Microsoft Exchange Server 2010
- Microsoft Lync Server 2010
- Microsoft Lync Server 2013 (new in October 2013)
- System Center 2012 SP1 – Virtual Machine Manager (new in August 2013)
One of the advantages of System Center Advisor is that it is constantly improving our features to address customer needs. Keep your eyes open for additional new features and 3rd party integrations upcoming this year.
So as usual it was interesting and valuable for SCA partners to join this special event and keep track what's going on the System Center planet.