System Center 2016 to launch in September

We are pleased to announce that Microsoft System Center 2016 will be launched at the Microsoft Ignite conference in late September. System Center makes it possible for you to run your IT operations at higher scale and drive more value for your business. System Center 2016 brings a new set of capabilities that integrate with… Read more

Gartner names Microsoft as a leader in DRaaS

Resiliency and disaster recovery are top of mind for enterprises in an increasingly connected world where even a minor outage is a competitive disadvantage. However, full-scale disaster recovery can be complex and costly. Even today, many organizations have disaster recovery plans covering only their critical IT systems because of these concerns. Microsoft’s vision is to… Read more

Deep dive on backup protection for IaaS VMs

As we continue with our discussion of backup, the next topic is backup specifically for IaaS virtual machines (VMs). An increasing number of organizations are moving their applications to the cloud with IaaS as the fabric running the apps. Although there are a number of compelling value propositions for adopting cloud IaaS, moving to the… Read more

Announcing the general availability of the Recovery Services Vault

In our earlier blog posts, we talked about a couple key scenarios for Backup in Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS): Cloud as Tape Replacement and Remote Office backup. Today we are announcing Recovery Services Vault in Microsoft Azure, which brings OMS Backup and OMS Site Recovery under a common management umbrella. Both these scenarios can… Read more

A cloud-first backup approach for remote and branch office protection

In our earlier blog post, we delved into how the cloud-first backup architecture, powered by Operations Management Suite and System Center, makes for a compelling solution for offsite backups and long term retention of on-premises data. In this post, we will focus on data protection in the remote and branch offices (ROBO) of an enterprise…. Read more

Cloud as offsite backup for the enterprise

In a previous blog post, we talked about why architecture matters and how a cloud-first enterprise backup solution can bring customers the real benefits of cloud in a data protection solution. In this blog, we will explore how this cloud-first model brings the benefits of the cloud to offsite backups and long term retention. The need… Read more

Cloud-first enterprise backup: Why architecture matters

In the previous blog post, A tour of Operations Management Suite: Backup, we discussed how more and more organizations are turning to the cloud to address the rising demands facing modern IT and how it is increasingly clear that new paradigms for data protection will be required for hybrid environments. Cloud has been the key… Read more

Windows Update now available in Server management tools

Today we are announcing a new addition to the Server management tools – Windows Update. WU WMI providers were made available on Nano Server in TP4 that offered a cmdline solution for installing updates. With this addition to Server management tools, you can now manage updates on not only your Nano Servers, but also other… Read more

A tour of Operations Management Suite: Backup

In recent blog posts, we’ve covered the automation, disaster recovery and log analytics capabilities in Operations Management Suite (OMS) and explored how you can use OMS to manage and protect your hybrid environments. Starting today, we’ll look at another set of key capabilities around cloud-first enterprise backup with Azure Backup and System Center: Data Protection… Read more

What’s new in System Center 2016 Technical Preview 5

This post was authored by Bala Rajagopalan, Principal Group Program Manager, System Center. We are pleased to announce that System Center 2016 Technical Preview 5 is now live! This preview introduces significant new capabilities to help simplify IT operations management and brings us closer to the broader goals of the System Center 2016 release. System… Read more