When Microsoft began revamping its position in the systems management market a few years back, it rebranded its existing products and incorporated a plethora of new features and functionalities. Enter System Center, a series of systems management products that work collectively to help administrators maintain control of their IT environments with the utmost efficiency.
In order to develop this new line of systems management products, Microsoft redesigned existing products like Systems Management Server (SMS) and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM). The idea was to create an integrated suite of tools equipped with the latest technologies and capabilities, including virtualization, automation and, now, cloud computing.
System Center has also made Microsoft a major player in systems management, as it competes with top contenders IBM, Hewlett-Packard, CA and BMC, also known as the Big Four.
"Microsoft has invested a lot of resources in [its] development of Systems Center to allow users to build models of what is happening in the system," said Tony Iams, a senior vice president and senior analyst with Ideas International, a research firm in Rye Brook, N.Y.
Today, the System Center brand covers a handful of different systems management products, most recently System Center Service Manager 2010. The links below will guide you through the main System Center solutions available, with details on the latest features and upcoming releases.
System Center Virtual Machine Manager
The latest version of Microsoft's virtualization management tool adds suport for Hyper-V R2 features like Live Migration and Cluster Shared Volumes (CSV).