Microsoft is going to invest heavily in Dynamic IT / cloud capabilities that Virtual Machine Manager vNext and Operations Manager vNext will deliver.
Here is a small list of things that Microsoft wants to achieve:
System Center Virtual Machine Manager
· Service lifecycle management, including creation, deployment and updates to cloud apps/services – Leverages app virtualization technology and service modeling to perform image-based service composition, deployment and updates.
· Creation of private clouds – Enables “Infrastructure as a Service” for the enterprise datacenter and allows self-service scenarios; discovery and assignment of logical/virtualized network and storage pools to apps/services.
· Federation across clouds – Enables workload mobility between on-premises, service provider and public clouds (e.g. Windows Azure) in a secure manner .
· Policy-based dynamic resource optimization – Ensure optimal utilization of your datacenter resources (e.g. policy driven power management), deeper Operations Manager/PRO integration.
· Deeper Opalis Integration – Offers deeper integration with Opalis for enhanced orchestration and automation across multiple sub-systems.
System Center Operations Manager
· Unified on-premises and cloud monitoring – Enables hybrid cloud deployment scenarios with “single pane of glass” monitoring.
· Outside-in/end user experience monitoring for geo distributed cloud services (based on synthetic transactions).
· Service oriented network and storage monitoring (e.g. monitor and troubleshoot network and storage resource pools assigned to services).
You can find more information on the http://blogs.technet.com/ddcalliance blog.
Watch this video by Anant Sundaram, Senior Product Manager for System Center.
Anant explaines what Microsoft is thinking around improving data center management and managing cloud environments.
Not all of these will be realized and it will take some product cycles but it gives you a nice overview of what Microsoft is thinking and want to achieve.