System Center Operations Manager 2012: The Power of Knowledge

Knowledge is power. This is not a new concept.

Everyone knows how to keep their environment up and running. Most know how to quickly resolve incidents as they arise. Many know intimate details about how their systems are built and configured.

However, an accurate snapshot the health and performance of the whole environment is often a difficult ask, let alone a historical report on various metrics for the past 12 months.

Don’t worry; you’re not alone. And it’s not your fault.

For every thousand configuration-, automation-, virtualisation-, consolidation-, [insert miscellaneous buzz words here] technology, there is only one monitoring tool . And let’s face it; it can be kind of boring by comparison and it often falls by the wayside to more ‘high-priority’ projects.

What’s more is that as datacentres become more complex with the introduction of virtualisation and distributed applications it is becoming increasingly common for organisations to deploy multiple management tools that include proprietary and limited scope products, tools developed in house, and more.

Needless to say, this directly results in inefficiencies and higher TCO from, well, management of management tools.

Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2012 (OpsMgr) tackles these challenges head on by providing a single, familiar and easy to use interface that provides a holistic view of the entire datacentre – from hypervisors to network devices to storage devices to applications and to Windows servers.

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Better yet, OpsMgr is not just for aesthetics. It looks at your datacentre through ‘computer eyes’, rather than the human eyes you’ve been blessed with.  This means that it sees your environment as a plethora of objects that are related and come together to ultimately provide a service.

To put this in to real terms, think about how much infrastructure it takes to keep a business-critical service like email running. Microsoft Exchange, for example, can be distributed across many servers, with its database on one server, mailboxes on another, plus edge servers, ActiveSync, OWA, network devices and so on. Each server then has CPUs, RAM, storage, a UPS, and so on.

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This notion of service level monitoring promotes the ability to proactively address issues before they become incidents. It allows for service levels to be tracked so that SLA’s can be realistically defined and met. It allows for forecasting and capacity planning with accurate and reliable trend analysis.

It saves time and money.

As IT Pro’s, we should be excited by that. This sort of capability is the epitome of knowledge-driven IT. And knowledge is power.

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This blog merely scratches the surface of the capabilities, features and benefits of System Center Operations Manager 2012, which is slated for release in the coming months.


Do you want to learn more about the key differences between OpsMgr 2007 R2 and 2012?

Do you want to learn more about the exciting new integration with the System Center 2012 suite?

Do you want to understand how OpsMgr fits into your environment and how it can help you?

We have all the answers!

Now is the time to start transitioning to a knowledge-driven IT model with OpsMgr!

Ask us how we can help you today.

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Amit Singh is a Solution Architect with Thomas Duryea.
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