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Microsoft System Center 2012 SP1: In-Depth Assessment for Cloud Management

Published: 25 February 2013

ID: G00235076

Analyst(s): Alessandro Perilli


System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 is Microsoft's cloud management solution. This document reviews the product and compares its features against Gartner's evaluation criteria for cloud management platforms (CMPs).

Table Of Contents

Bottom Line Assessment

  • New Features in System Center 2012 (Prior to Service Pack 1)
  • New Features in System Center 2012 Service Pack 1
  • Missing Features
  • Reasons to Deploy
  • Reasons to Not Deploy


  • Required Features for Production
  • Preferred Features for Production
  • Optional Features for Production
  • Evaluation Criteria Scorecard
  • Strengths
  • Weaknesses

The Details

  • Solution Components and Architecture
    • App Controller
    • Service Manager
    • Virtual Machine Manager
    • Operations Manager
    • Configuration Manager
    • Orchestrator
    • Data Protection Manager
  • Solution Editions and Licensing
  • Support

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