While Microsoft seems to be making great strides with System Center 2012, it isn't quite there just yet. Of the eight components that make up the suite, five are currently in a release candidate stage while the other three are still in beta. However, there's still time for all eight components to fully bake, as the final software isn't expected to ship until sometime in the first half of the year. Microsoft hasn't offered a specific launch date for the final version of System Center 2012, but more information should be forthcoming in April to coincide with Microsoft's annual Management Summit conference.
Microsoft knows they need to be very active in the cloud. And System Center 2012 will be one of its bigger power plays this year.
Once again -- Game on!
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