Microsoft System Center 2012 Revealed, January 19, 2012 Microsoft's System Center 2012, which we discussed in Microsoft's System Center 2012: Building A Private Cloud, is the latest attempt by a big vendor to bring private cloud to the masses. While there are many improvements to System Center, building a private cloud using anyone's software is far from easy. At Microsoft's private cloud reviewers' workshop, we got a peek at the sausage factory. There are a lot of components to configure, but Microsoft has done a good job of streamlining many of the processes.
Users can also be restricted to the actions they can take with the cloud service. Consumers of your cloud service should be allowed only limited access, to start and stop their VMs and deploy software. Different administrative roles can be defined. Access controls like these mean IT can delegate cloud management to distributed staff and offload workflows.