Tuesday, January 15 marks a major milestone for Hosting
  Service Providers who leverage the Microsoft Platform. Microsoft broadly
  announced the availability of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 (SP1) as well
  as new Windows Server hosting technologies – Web Sites, Virtual Machine
  Hosting, and Service Management Portal. These releases include technologies
  specifically built for Hosting Service Providers that are designed to reduce
  infrastructure costs as well as enable new business opportunities. Have you
  seen how this release can benefit your customers? We have gathered some
  helpful resources to get you started below.

 Step 1: Learn more about System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Server 2012:

Read the press release and an accompanying executive blog post outlining Microsoft’s Cloud OS
  vision. Then review the following information to learn more.

  

System Center 2012 SP1

 

  • Review the key features enabled in System Center 2012 SP1:

 

    • Enables full management of Windows Server 2012 with System Center as well as Service Provider Foundation (SPF) API for easier integration, management and automation with System Center 
    • System Center 2012 App Controller provides a common self-service experience
        across private, hosted, and public clouds that can help you empower
        application owners to easily build, configure, deploy, and manage new
        services.
    • System Center 2012 Configuration Manager provides comprehensive configuration
        management for the Microsoft platform that can help you empower users with
        the devices and applications they need to be productive while maintaining
        corporate compliance and control
    • System Center 2012 Data Protection Manager provides unified data protection for
        Windows servers and clients that can help you deliver scalable, manageable,
        and cost-effective protection and restore scenarios from disk, tape, and
        Windows Azure.
    • System Center 2012 Endpoint Protection, built on System Center Configuration
        Manager, provides industry-leading threat detection of malware and exploits
        as part of a unified infrastructure for managing client security and
        compliance that can help you simplify and improve endpoint protection.
    • System Center 2012 Operations Manager provides deep application diagnostics and
        infrastructure monitoring that can help you ensure the predictable
        performance and availability of vital applications and offers a comprehensive
        view of your datacenter, private cloud, and public clouds.
    • System Center 2012 Orchestrator provides orchestration, integration, and
        automation of IT processes through the creation of runbooks that can help you
        to define and standardize best practices and improve operational efficiency.
    • System Center 2012 Service Manager provides flexible self-service experiences
        and standardized datacenter processes that can help you integrate people,
        workflows, and knowledge across enterprise infrastructure and applications.
        This now includes bill back and ticketing management features to simplify
        integration with your systems.
    • System Center 2012 Virtual Machine Manager provides virtual machine management
        and services deployment with support for multi-hypervisor environments that
        can help you deliver a flexible and cost effective private cloud environment.
       
    •  In this release features made available in Windows Server 2012 such as: network virtualization,    Hyper-V Replica, multi-tenancy, resource throttling, high-availability, storage  virtualization, automation and other features are fully managed.
    • Web Sites and VM Hosting based on Windows Azure services for Windows Server:  New high-density websites and virtual machine hosting platform and a new service management portal.

Windows Server 2012

Step 2: Start a Proof of Concept with System Center
  2012 SP1.

 Step 3: Determine if you need a control panel ISV.
 

  • You may choose to develop your own control panel using SPF or you may choose to buy a third party solution. ExtendASP (www.extendasp.com)  supports System Center 2012 SP1 and Windows Server 2012 in their EPS control panel including support for Virtual Machine Manager, Private VLAN creation, Service Templates, automation via System Center Orchestrator runbooks and additional features from Windows Server 2012 and System Center. ExtendASP's EPS beta will be available by end of January will a RTM release by end of Q1 2013. Parallels, Citrix, inTy, and Ensim have also announced plans to support Windows Server 2012 and/or System Center 2012.

 

Step 4: Review Hosting Service Provider Case Studies.

  • Learn more about how your industry partners are leveraging Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 by clicking on any of the dozen case studies in the right hand pane.

 

Step 5: Contact your account team for assistance.

  • We would like to help you better understand how to leverage System Center 2012 SP1 in your hosting environment, please let us know how we can help.

 

Sincerely,

Microsoft Partner Hosting and Cloud Services  - Technology Specialist team

 

 System Center 2012
  Service Pack 1 General Availability



  Web Resources

 

  Hosting on Microsoft.com

System
  Center 2012

 

Web Sites & Virtual Machines for
  Windows Server

 

Windows Server 2012



 

  Case Studies

 

  NetBenefit

Hostway

Outsourcery

Applied
  Innovations

FastHosts

Evry

Softcom

Hitachi
  Systems

OVH

Awan
  Computing

KocSistem

Simplex Internet

A1
  Telecom Austria AG