A lot of companies are used to waiting for a disaster to happen in order to react. Only until there’s a service outage within their IT department do they take action instead of being more proactive and in control of their IT. The problem is that they don’t know where or how to get started in having a proactive approach to monitoring, even more so when they have a lot of infrastructure that needs to be monitored.
As a first step, IT needs to understand the business: all good designs come from understanding your IT services data dependencies and knowing how they relate to one another. Then they need to find out what are the best tools available today.
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) is a great platform to monitor components, and which a lot of people in the industry are already familiar with. There’s a lot of useful information within SCOM that can be used by the different personas in the company, however, the presentation layer and the way it is organized within SCOM is not the way those other personas look at IT. SCOM is still pretty technical and is all about components.
Looking at the personas in the IT service delivery organization, you will see that engineers definitely can work with SCOM. However, it usually takes them a while to figure out how they can easily get to the root-cause of a service outage, and what the business impact is of this outage will be.
Savision’s new whitepaper: “Business Service Management with System Center”, shows how to stay in control of your business services and make the most out of SCOM. Click here to download the whitepaper. The whitepaper is written by three experts: Microsoft MVP Robert Hedblom, Savision’s Co-Founder & VP of Product Management Dennis Rietvink, and Approved Consulting’s CEO & Solution Architect Jonas Lenntun.
I have recently authored a whitepaper titled “Born in the Cloud: Monitoring Linux workloads with OMS” published by Savision. This whitepaper focuses on Linux workload monitoring capabilities of Microsoft OMS born-in-the-cloud management suite which is capable of managing and protecting heterogeneous on-premises, cloud and hybrid data centers.
Following are the key areas of discussion in my whitepaper.
- What Microsoft Operations Management Suite is and how it can simplify data center management.
- Leveraging OMS Log Analytics to analyze, predict and protect your Linux workloads.
- Integrating System Center Operations Manager with OMS for extended monitoring.
- Harnessing the power of Business Service Monitoring of Savision Live Maps Unity in Microsoft OMS.
You can download this FREE whitepaper from here.
Savision is the market leader in business service and cloud management solutions for Microsoft System Center. Savision’s monitoring and visualizing capabilities bridge the gap between IT and business by transforming IT data into predictive, actionable and relevant information about the entire cloud and datacenter infrastructure. You can visit www.savision.com for more information about their product portfolio.
Savision has released their newest version of Live Maps Unity, which comes with great new features. In the new release, Savision has added more functionality on ways to proactively monitor business services with the advanced SLAs monitoring feature. Another great feature added to Live Maps Unity 7.5 is the new Web Portal.
Savision will be hosting two webinars to introduce the new features and show you how they work and how they can help you to make the most out of your SCOM environment.
Dennis Rietvink will be hosting the webinars. Dennis is Savision’s co-Founder and VP of Product Management. Savision will also be raffling a pair of HiFi Philips headphones amongst the attendees of the webinars.
Register for the webinars and find out more about the new features:
Advanced Service Level Agreement Monitoring
With this new feature, you can have more control over your SLAs as you will receive proactive notifications when they are in danger of being breached.
Brand New Web Portal
Get end-to-end service visibility and track interconnected infrastructure and applications from any mobile device, anywhere you are. Live Maps Unity is now Silverlight free.
Register now for any of the webinars:
EU Webinar – Wednesday, November 25th, 3:30 pm CET / 9:30 am EST
US Webinar – Tuesday, December 1st, 8:00 pm CET / 2:00 pm EST
Click here to register for the webinars.
The biggest challenge today that IT managers face is accommodating the rapid workload growth in their environments. One cannot always buy hardware when the demand for resources is high. Another dilemma is having a clear picture of resource utilization in the datacenter. If you are running a virtualized datacenter on VMWare or Hyper-V and looking for a cost effective solution to address above pain points there is no better solution than Savision Cloud Reporter.
Unlike its competitor from Veeam which uses a collector to gather data, Savision Cloud reporter is a simple management pack that you import in to your existing SCOM environment. It provides a unified view for both VMWare & Hyper-V environments; utilizes existing vCenter to load data about VMware hosts into SCOM. Being a simple management pack without additional configuration Cloud Reporter leverages existing health agent deployed to Hyper-V hosts and has its own schema within the SCOM Data warehouse database.
One of the cool features that I personally like about Cloud Reporter is that it can monitor Live Migrations in your Hyper-V Cluster which cannot be done by the standard SCVMM management pack. This is possible because Cloud Reporter treats a VM as an object and updates the VM references whenever a Live Migration is performed.
The most important feature of any capacity planning tool is the ability to forecast the future growth. Cloud Reporter has its own set of forecasting reports like below. If you want to create your own reports with Microsoft Power BI that is also possible once the Cloud Reporter is installed and its own schema is in place in the Data warehouse database. You can convert these reports to Excel or PDF instantaneously by allowing IT administrators to present forecasting data on the fly for management reporting.
Cluster Forecast Dashboard
Hyper-V Virtual Machine Processor Rightsizing Report
Cloud Reporter provides a handy set of task based reports such as idle VMs, VMs missing MMA agent etc… Being said that it is also a cost effective alternative to Veeam if your goal is to import VMware vCenter alarms to SCOM and display them as alerts. It also provides proactive resource exhaustion reports such as below so that you can easily decide when to order the next batch of hardware without running numerous data gathering methods.
Memory Exhaustion Predictions
Being a SCOM management pack the first question one might have about this product is how long it would take to generate a forecast after installing Cloud Reporter. Experienced SCOM admins know that you have to give it a time for any management pack to blend in, and in this case roughly you can generate the first forecast report after 2 – 3 days. In most cases Cloud Reporter is ideal for self-service environments such as hosted service provider clouds in which rapid growth of workloads can be expected.
If you want a much simpler and cost effective forecasting solution for you datacenter, I would definitely recommend Savision Cloud Reporter. You can contact Savision if you want to schedule a live demo or to get a quote for this amazing tool.
Business Continuity & Disaster Recovery is a critical functionality in today’s IT business. Microsoft Azure Site Recovery is premier solution that can reduce your BCDR cost drastically. Planing a DR solution requires lot of effort and time and using Azure Site Recovery enterprises can have a bullet proof BCDR solution within couple of days where you only pay when a disaster has actually happened.
In Savision’s newest free whitepaper MVP Peter de Tender explains why you should focus on building an effective Disaster Recovery Plan for your virtualized Data center. This whitepaper explains,
- How to leverage Microsoft Azure Site Recovery to build a DR solution for Hyper-V?
- Azure Site Recovery for VMWare & Physical servers
- Leveraging Azure IaaS for a hybrid data center,
You can download the whitepaper from here.
Savision is driving a huge community effort to raise the awareness about Cloud Management strategies. One of my MVP colleagues Alessandro Cardoso has published couple of whitepapers on Cloud formulation approaches. These are valuable resources for any individual or organization planning to move into the cloud.
“Investing in the Cloud: Assessing IT & Business Requirements” Whitepaper & Webinar
Cloud is agile and scalable with a pay-as-you-consume cost model. People are embracing cloud at a rapid pace. This whitepaper & webinar focuses on planning and assessing business and IT requirements when you are investing in cloud.
“The Technical Challenges of Cloud Adoption” Whitepaper & Webinar
This series focuses on technical challenges such as providing optimal deployment, management, automation and user experience when organizations shift their focus to host IT workloads in the cloud for different business units.
You can follow Alessandro via his blog cloudtidings.com or on Twitter @Cloudtidings
I have been working with Savision Products for a long time now. Being a SCOM guy visualization is a must in a SCOM environment for \me. Most of my customers would agree that rich visualization insights is lacking in SCOM. Savision Live Maps Unity is not just another SCOM add-on but is a value added product that will utilize SCOM to provide a holistic view of your IT environment rather than just a bunch of alerts.
In my recent post at Savision blog I’m focusing how CIOs can overcome IT management challenges using SCOM together with Live Maps Unity while improving business productivity of their IT investments. This post is an overview to Live Maps Unity, a powerful SCOM solution that easily map IT components to business services. So contact Savision today to experience this great product by attending one of their live technical demonstrations.
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