On Monday Microsoft announced the availability of the beta version of System Center 2012 Service Pack 1. Microsoft customers evaluating the company's private cloud solution have been awaiting this release because it provides compatibility with Windows Server 2012, the foundation of this private cloud.

My colleague Paul Thurrott has also written about what System Center 2012 Service Pack 1 brings to the client and mobile aspects of system management. John Savill also has a brief FAQ.

You can find more details on the System Center 2012 SP1 beta on the STB News Bytes blog