System Center 2012 App Controller: managing On-Premise and Cloud together
A Beta release of System Center App Controller 2012 is now available! App Controller is a new member of the System Center family and provides a number of capabilities that enable Application Self Service across both private and public clouds. The greatest thing about the App Controller is that is enables you to manage your on-premise virtual machines deployment and your Windows Azure deployments in the same manner, within the same tool.
In more details App Controller allows a user to view, manage, and deploy services to both a private cloud (via Virtual Machine Manager) and the Public Windows Azure Cloud in a consistent template driven manner. As you can see in the screenshot below, at deployment time the user can choose to deploy the service to any cloud they have access to, as well as see the available quota they have left in that cloud.
App Controller also allows you to connect to multiple Windows Azure subscriptions and then delegate subscription access out to users via their Active Directory credentials. This provides a common access model across the management of both private and public clouds and the services running in them.
These are just a couple of interesting functionalities of the System Center 2012 App Controller, to learn more please visit this blog post. To try App Controller or other System Center 2012 beta products, visit the following System Center website.
With this functionality we are finally making the seamless connection between different Microsoft cloud environments and I believe it has been a long awaited product, so have fun!