System Center Is Sexier Than Surface RT

The news from Microsoft’s annual results that is initially attracting attention is that the company is writing off close to $1 billion in expenses relating to the Surface RT. Ouch. However, for server admins there’s a more interesting stat buried in the numbers: System Center appears to be the fastest-growing product within the company.

The Server & Tools division has long been one of those bits of Microsoft that makes money but gets ignored to talk about more consumer-oriented divisions. But it seems that the Server 2012 family is doing particularly well:

Server & Tools revenue grew 9% for the fourth quarter and 9% for the full year, driven by double-digit percentage revenue growth in SQL Server and System Center.

Those tools appear destined to reman in the cloud and enterprise group as Microsoft reorganises. I guess if it ain’t broke . . .


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