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Which Microsoft OMS license is best for my IT deployment?

What do you get for your money -- and for free -- when using the Microsoft Operations Management Suite to handle workloads running in different environments?

Microsoft's Operations Management Suite is available in three tiers: a free plan, one for System Center Standard...

licenses and a larger version for System Center Datacenter licenses.

Organizations can purchase the services within Microsoft OMS as a suite or a la carte, as they see fit to manage and monitor hybrid cloud resources.

Each Microsoft OMS licensing tier offers access to the various features, including operational insights, backup, site recovery, process automation and Desired State Configuration. The principal differences between tiers are time and data limits.

Organizations can purchase the services within Microsoft OMS as a suite or a la carte, as they see fit to manage and monitor hybrid cloud resources.

The free Microsoft OMS tier supports up to 500 MB of log analytics per day with a seven-day retention period, site recovery for the first 31 days of every protected instance, process automation up to 500 minutes per month, and Desired State Configuration for up to five nodes per month. There is no backup availability in the free tier.

By comparison, organizations with System Center Standard licenses -- and Software Assurance -- can purchase the OMS standard tier for every System Center Standard license, which supports operational insights up to 100 GB per year with data retention for one year; backup; Desired State Configuration and site recovery for two VMs per node although the storage and storage activity carry additional charges; and process automation up to 10,000 minutes per year. The estimated retail price is $45.40 per month.

Organizations that use System Center Datacenter licenses can purchase the OMS Datacenter tier for every System Center Datacenter license, which supports operational insights up to 500 GB per year with data retention for one year; backup; Desired State Configuration and site recovery for 10 VMs per node with the same additional storage and storage activity charges as seen in the standard tier license; and process automation up to 50,000 minutes per year. The estimated retail price is $226.90 per month.

Organizations can drop or add licenses to manage OMS costs over time as the hybrid IT infrastructure changes.

Due diligence is critical during IT tool selection. IT and business leaders should perform a comprehensive evaluation of Microsoft OMS before using it in a production environment. Microsoft offers a limited free trial to introduce IT administrators to OMS basics. Ideally, a full deployment in a well-established test environment will help determine the level of integration available with current tools, such as System Center.

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This was last published in September 2016

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