Azure Partner community: Focus on modern operations management

Juan Cruz Azure Partner Community

We’ve expanded the number of technical communities we offer to the US Partner Community. The Azure Partner community content will now focus on infrastructure and management. Other communities with Azure-related content include Application Development, Data Platform and Advanced Analytics, and Enterprise Mobility + Security. Activities for each of these communities include blog posts, community calls, and a Yammer group. Learn more about the practice-building communities

The next Azure Infrastructure and Management Partner community call is on Thursday, September 8, with the topic of Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS).

Monitoring everything

Modern technology monitoring systems are designed to alert you when a component has failed, or is close to failing. Having a monitoring system in place can mean the difference between a proactive maintenance task and a full outage event that requires large amounts of time and effort. Today’s cars provide a good example of modern monitoring systems. The average American spends a considerable amount of time driving each day, and many of us rely on our cars to manage our day-to-day lives. Our cars are how we get to work and get the kids to school, and often are even important to how we spend our weekends and downtime.

That reliance on our vehicles means we want them to run at their best. Like anything mechanical though, wear and tear is inevitable. All cars require maintenance, and that may include the need to replace a major component. Modern automobiles come equipped with variety of sensors and self-diagnostic systems. These systems are your early warning detections for parts that wear down, like brakes; systems that require constant attention, like tire pressure; and regular reminders that you need an oil change. Having a single system that alerts you when something needs maintenance or is about to wrong can help prevent you from getting stuck on the side of the road.

You can think of the modern hybrid cloud similarly, but at a much larger scale. These servers and applications typically aren’t turned off when we are done using them for the day. Some stay online, waiting for the next uptick in utilization, while others are analyzing and processing large data sets. And much like in our car example, servers have parts that can fail, and applications have services that can become corrupt and stop.

The modern hybrid cloud can consist of on-premises private cloud resources, public cloud resources like Microsoft Azure and AWS, and hosted resources at providers like Rackspace. Within each environment, you’re likely to find workloads like web servers, database servers, and application servers. And each workload generates its own set of alerts, logs, traffic, and utilization. As more businesses begin to evolve their datacenter strategy and grow more quickly with the power of the cloud, being able to manage and monitor everything is increasingly complex. IT management teams often find it difficult to scale their internal resources to be able to manage the workloads.

Traditional monitoring systems can you give alert monitoring on specialized applications and servers, while other tools can provide information about network utilization and security notifications. Managing disparate monitoring and alerting systems across multiple workloads and environments can become overwhelming to an IT department, and lead to critical alarms going unnoticed.

Meeting the challenge of modern management

When it comes to systems management, removing complexity and alerting noise enables IT to react and respond with the speed, flexibility, and simplicity that a hybrid cloud demands.

OMS hybrid IT management

Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) builds on the deep management experience Microsoft has to streamline cloud management across any hybrid cloud, whether Azure or AWS, Windows Server or Linux, VMware or OpenStack.

Delivered from the cloud, OMS is a modern management platform that provides visibility and custom insights over an entire hybrid cloud. It enables customers through log analytics to collect and search across multiple machine data sources to easily identify the root cause of operational issues. OMS orchestrates complex and repetitive operations; ensures data protection and application availability; and helps secure customer workloads, servers, and users.

OMS is a service that is easy to consume through a single portal for all management tasks.  New features in OMS include:

  • Log analytics – collect and search millions of records in seconds across thousands of machines to identify the root cause of operational issues
  • Security and compliance – identify malware status and missing system updates; collect security related events to perform forensic, audit, and breach analysis; recognize threats earlier; and get help with compliance
  • Backup and recovery: enable application and data protection, cloud bursting, dev/test, and Azure migration, for all servers and applications, no matter where they reside with cloud-based backup and site recovery.
  • IT automation: orchestrate complex and repetitive operations for more efficient and cost-effective hybrid cloud management

OMS Straddling two worlds

Speed is key

OMS enables customers to unify on a single solution, and get up and running in minutes. They can onboard fast, with no need to create further content, and it connects to their on-premises datacenter. The Microsoft cloud-first approach to managing the enterprise is a fast, cost-effective way to help your customers meet new business challenges and accommodate new workloads and applications running on either Windows Server or Linux.

OMS ideologies

The partner opportunity with Microsoft Operations Management Suite

Over the coming weeks our content for the Azure Infrastructure and Management Partner community will go in-depth about setting up OMS and building a hybrid datacenter management practice. We’ll show you some real-world scenarios, explain which plug-ins can provide immediate value to customers, and share recommendations for technical training.

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Azure Infrastructure and Management Partners community call on September 8

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