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Guest post by Jeremy Winter, Principal Group PM Manager, Microsoft

For those on the front lines of IT, wow, are you facing increased complexity in managing your IT infrastructure. As a Group Program Manager in the Enterprise Cloud division, I talk to customers every week, and it’s clearly on everyone’s radar. With assets spread across physical, virtual, and cloud environments, and development teams moving with a higher level of agility, it’s getting harder to maintain the level of stability and control IT needs to deliver. In addition, acquiring dedicated infrastructure and building specialized expertise make it hard to keep up with the speed the business is moving. We think there is a better way and we want to help!

I am excited to announce the launch of Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS). OMS extends your System Center investments and helps simplify management of your datacenter assets wherever they live. That means any instance in any cloud, including your datacenter, Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMware, and OpenStack, at a lower cost than competitive solutions. OMS leverages a cloud-first approach to managing your enterprise for a fast and cost-effective way to meet new business challenges and accommodate new workloads, applications and cloud environments.

My team and I built OMS based on feedback from customers. Make it easy to get started, make it simple to consume, help me manage across a diverse portfolio with a modern set of solutions that I can choose from. OMS is built on an analytical platform that allows us to deliver insight and kick off automated action from one dashboard. And we made sure that it would be fast to get started – our goal was to have you up and running within minutes, not days.

The main scenarios in OMS, as of today, include:

  • Log Analytics: Real-time operational intelligence. Deliver unified management across your datacenters and public clouds. Collect, store and analyze log data from virtually any source and turn it into real-time operational intelligence.
  • Automation: Simplified cloud management with process automation. Create, monitor, manage and deploy resources in your hybrid cloud environments while reducing errors and boosting efficiency to help lower your operational costs.
  • Availability: Fully integrated availability solution including rapid disaster recovery. Protect your data using capabilities only possible from the cloud. Enable backup and integrated recovery for all your servers and critical applications, to prepare you in the event of a disaster.
  • Security: Centralized control of server security. Identify missing system updates and malware status. Collect security related events and perform forensic, audit and breach analysis. Glean machine data from all your servers, no matter where they are, and receive deep analytics to react fast to issues.

As I wrap up, I’d like to thank the customers who have worked closely with my teams over the last year on the services that underpin OMS. Your requirements and feedback have guided what thousands of customers are using to modernize the way they do IT. Are we done? Not even close. We will continue to iterate quickly with you as we enhance both our cloud and on-premises capabilities. We have a pipeline of innovation already underway for areas like cloud-based patching, inventory, alerting, container management, and more.

I sincerely hope you will give it a try and leverage these latest management technologies to overcome the challenges of dealing with complexity, integration and costs in your IT environment. You can get started for free. As always, keep the feedback coming.

Thank you!

Learn more at www.microsoft.com/oms