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Microsoft Updates System Center VM Management Tool

Software giant Microsoft plans on updating its System Center tool with the ability to manage multiple virtual machines in the cloud.

Microsoft's System Center allows IT administrators to manage their IT infrastructures and servers from a single console. The update to the IT management tool will let them manage cloud based virtual machines and allow them to manage the resources on their own systems.

The System Center 2012 suite, which will be released this year, will allow IT administrators to keep pace with the demand of individual departments within an organisation, the company said, adding that the suite will let them deploy new software more quickly across departments.

Brad Anderson, corporate vice president of Microsoft's management and security division, said during his keynote speech at the company's Management Summit, “Our IT customers have told us that their focus is helping their businesses deliver the critical applications that will strengthen their bottom line, while maintaining necessary control and compliance.”

The System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 will allow IT administrators to create and manage virtual clouds on local servers or Microsoft's own Azure platform. The software is compatible with Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisors along with VMware and Xen hypervisors.