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How does Microsoft OMS affect IT management?

Our organization uses System Center and its components for management, but we want to reduce the number of tools we use. Can Microsoft Operations Management Suite help us?

Operations Management Suite expands IT infrastructure management from the local data center into the public cl...

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OMS is Microsoft's cloud-based management tool that integrates with the capabilities of other management systems, such as Microsoft System Center. Operations Management Suite manages and protects multiple public cloud infrastructures, including Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS); conventional Windows and Linux server instances; and VMware and OpenStack instances. The goal is to provide a universal hybrid IT management platform, and Microsoft OMS boasts interoperability, speed, simplicity and protection.

OMS is Microsoft's cloud-based management tool that integrates with the capabilities of other management systems, such as Microsoft System Center.

Microsoft engineered Operations Management Suite as a highly integrated add-on to System Center components. Where System Center Operations Manager provides monitoring and alerting for on-premises resources, OMS brings dependency discovery, log analytics and reporting to management. System Center Configuration Manager offers secure, scalable and compliant system and workload deployment, but OMS adds desired state configuration management and monitoring -- ensuring that all systems are always configured as expected. System Center Orchestrator provides data center workflow management, but OMS extends workflow management for cloud and hybrid instances. System Center Data Protection Manager offers enterprise backup, but OMS extends backup and disaster recovery to the cloud. System Center Virtual Machine Manager offers virtualized data center management, but OMS promises to orchestrate replication and recovery for cloud instances.

While the suite integrates well with System Center, Microsoft OMS does not depend on System Center and does not force discovery or management of any resource. Administrators can use OMS for local management through agents rather than System Center, and administrators have total control over which local servers are connected to OMS.

Microsoft OMS also touts a strong emphasis on integration speed and simplicity. Part of this goal is achieved through versatility -- OMS installs quickly and supports both Windows and Linux servers as well as multiple public clouds such as Azure and AWS. OMS also highlights centralized management through a single unified view of all IT assets and services regardless of location in the data center or cloud -- this reduces the need for multiple management tools or frameworks and reduces the financial investment in multiple management tools.

Finally, Microsoft OMS builds in more features to protect and facilitate workloads running in hybrid environments. For example, OMS allows administrators to use a public cloud or a local data center as a disaster recovery site. Organizations can also use OMS to organize data storage and retention in the cloud, eliminating local storage costs and retention. OMS facilitates hybrid workloads by allowing businesses to test copies of production workloads in the cloud, or move workloads seamlessly between local and cloud infrastructures.

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