All System Center 2012 products to be released ONLY as a single suite
Yestrday Microsoft announced that System Center 2012 has gone to Release Candidate status, along with a major twist: the individual editions of the various System Center branded products are no more. System Center 2012 will be released only as a single suite of the following products:
- App Controller
- Configuration Manager
- Data Protection Manager
- Endpoint Protection
- Operations Manager
- Service Manager
- Virtual Machine Manager
There are two editions (Standard and Datacenter), but the only difference between the two is that Standard allows for 2 VMs per licence, while Datacenter allows for unlimited (similar to Windows Server licensing). The feature set is otherwise identical.
All the info is on the System Center site: Microsoft System Center 2012 | System Center Next Version
Personally, this concerns me. Having previously used System Center Essentials 2010, I've seen first hand the dogs dinner Microsoft made of 'integrating' System Center products into one package. Hopefully they've done a better job this time, and for those using multiple System Center products already, I suspect the new all-you-can-eat licensing will work out cheaper. However, I use ONLY Data Protection Manager right now, which on EES/Schools Agreement is extremely cheap, and relatively light on server resources (storage excepted, obviously).
My concern is that we'll be paying more for the rest of the suite, which I don't need, and that I'll need to commit a lot more RAM and processor power to it. Even if I don't upgrade, will we still be able to buy annual EES licences for the old versions? Past experience with ILM/FIM suggests it will be difficult, even if its possible at all.