Microsoft Extends Its Hybrid Cloud Management Portfolio
The company releases a new add-on for System Center that allows organizations to manage workloads across on-premises servers and clouds.Microsoft is connecting customers of its System Center data center management platform to their cloud workloads with a new add-on. Today's release of the Operations Management Suite (OMS) add-on for System Center brings IT monitoring, automation and data protection capabilities to System Center. Announced in May at the Ignite conference in Chicago, OMS is a "hybrid management solution that extends the value of System Center and helps you manage your corporate workloads no matter where they run—Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMware, or OpenStack," explained Guru Pangal, general manager of Hybrid Storage at Microsoft, in a statement. The software bundles various OMS components (Operational Insights, Backup, Site Recovery and Automation), trimming costs for organizations that require the full suite's capabilities. "For every System Center Standard or Datacenter license you own with Software Assurance, you will be able to purchase a corresponding Microsoft Operations Management Suite add-on for access to allocated solutions that enable you to extend your datacenter, quickly enable hybrid cloud scenarios, and take advantage of cloud bursting, migration and dev/test scenarios," Pangal said. In addition, OMS customers get access to the new enhancements Microsoft has made to its cloud data protection offering, Azure Backup.
Azure Backup also gains an infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) virtual machine (VM) feature that supports premium storage, multidisk storage and PowerShell automation. Plus, the service now offers a new console that provides management and monitoring tools using the familiar Azure admin experience.