With its attractive stores offering trendy merchandise at affordable prices, Target changed how consumers think about discount shopping. To help Target deliver on its “Expect More. Pay Less.” brand promise, Target chooses reliable, scalable, and cost-effective technology. That’s why the company is deploying Windows Server 2008 Datacenter and its Hyper-V virtualization technology to retire 8,650 servers and implement a two-servers-per-store policy. By 2012, Target’s entire store server infrastructure will be running on Hyper-V, which will support a total of 15,000 virtual machines running mission-critical applications. Target also deployed Microsoft System Center data center solutions to manage more than 300,000 endpoints across its retail network. With its Microsoft Virtualization solution, the company will save millions of dollars in hardware, electrical, and maintenance costs.
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System Center 2012 Releases
Now, let’s move to the System Center 2012 releases. To put it succinctly, in the next year, we’re developing 2012 releases for the entire System Center suite including Operations Manager (SCOM), SCCM, Data Protection Manager (DPM), Service Manager, Orchestrator (formerly Opalis), and VMM. We’re also adding two new products to the System Center family, System Center Advisor and Project Codenamed “Concero.”
You may want to read that last paragraph again. That’s a lot of cool stuff, and if you’re not using System Center already, there isn’t a better time to start. Let’s dive into the details.
System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 Beta
VMM 2012 has moved VMM beyond just being a centralized management product for managing virtual machines. VMM 2012 enables you to:
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