Brad Anderson, the corporate vice president overseeing Microsoft’s Windows Server and System Center products, answered some questions today on Reddit. They haven’t posted to Reddit, due to technical difficulties, but they have been posted here instead.
Here are a few of the more cloud-related questions:
- With ConfigMgr still the cash cow of System Center, why is there so much more focus on the other products of the System Center suite?
- the ConfigMgr team is the largest one in the System Center org. a lot of our efforts in this space are really focused on MDM, with a focus on delivering that from the cloud with Windows Intune. In fact — Intune and ConfigMgr are the same team. If anything, we’ve actually increased our investment in endpoint management and user enablement. What you may be noticing is that we are talking a lot about transform the datacenter and the cloud.
- How is the progressive transition from private cloud to public cloud going to affect Microsoft’s future System Center product line? A potential merging of Intune and ConfigMgr, for example?
- There are two things: First, we are taking what we learn in Azure and delivering that in Windows Server and System Center. Windows Server will become more feature rich, more scalable, and it will accelerate the rate at which we can put out new capabilities. Second, System Center will become the way in which Hybrid Cloud is realized, and it will enable organizations to use multiple clouds.
- When will Microsoft flip the switch on ConfigMgr and make it completely Cloud-based?
- Intune is ConfigMgr delivered from the cloud. Last Fall we created a strong connection between both of them for use in a hybrid cloud model. Today there are more than 10k customers using Intune to manage their PCs and devices. The choice is yours: Do you want to manage on-prem or from the cloud — we give you the option to do either.