Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

Microsoft System Center 2012 R2

Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 delivers unified management and agile system administration for the Cloud OS by offering consistent management experiences across on-premises, service provider, and Windows Azure environments.

This unique approach, as outlined in this paper, helps you realize your datacenter transformation goals by delivering the following attributes:

  • Enterprise-class: System Center 2012 R2 offers enterprise-class capabilities that can deliver best-in-class management of Windows Server infrastructure and first-party Microsoft workloads (such as Exchange, SharePoint, and SQL). With SAN-based storage management technologies you can virtualize even your most demanding workloads. In addition, System Center 2012 R2 enables virtual networking in isolated multi-tenant environments, resulting in extensive flexibility for your virtualized workloads.
  • Simple and cost-effective: System Center 2012 R2 helps you reduce datacenter complexity. Service templates and runbooks simplify System Center infrastructure deployments. Open and extensible web-based interfaces into System Center 2012 R2 capabilities enable easy integration with your existing investments in portals or web-based tools. Furthermore, System Center supports at-scale management of innovative Windows Server storage technologies based on industry-standard hardware.
  • Application focused: System Center 2012 R2 focuses on optimizing your applications and workloads through their lifecycle. Rich diagnostics and insight facilitate predictable application service level agreements (SLAs), including the ability to elastically scale applications across clouds. System Center 2012 R2 also facilitates standardized application provisioning to empower application owners.
  • Hybrid enabled: System Center 2012 R2 enables hybrid cloud computing at its core. With System Center 2012 R2 you gain consistent management experiences that span across Windows Server and Windows Azure environments, including provisioning, automation, self-service, and monitoring.

By delivering consistent, unified management across on-premises, service provider, and Windows Azure environments, System Center 2012 R2 helps you transform your datacenter.

To help you modernize your datacenter, System Center 2012 R2 delivers five key capabilities:

Infrastructure provisioning

Infrastructure provisioning is about enabling enterprises and service providers to provision physical, virtual, and cloud infrastructures that meet key requirements such as workload scale and performance, multi-tenancy, and chargeback. System Center 2012 R2 can provision custom or standardized infrastructures for on-premises, service provider, or Windows Azure environments.

Infrastructure monitoring

Once customers provision their infrastructure, the management solution needs to ensure reliable performance and availability to deliver on the underlying business and operational SLA. System Center 2012 R2 provides comprehensive monitoring for datacenter infrastructure – physical, virtual, or cloud – across on-premises datacenters, service provider datacenters, and Windows Azure.

Automation and self-service

With public cloud computing taking off, enterprise application owners expect simplicity and agility when dealing with IT staffs. They might even work around the IT department if their requirements are not met at the speed that they’re looking for. Such a scenario presents a less-than-ideal outcome for IT professionals trying to establish a trusted advisor relationship with their application and business counterparts. To mitigate such outcomes, IT staffs need centralized visibility and control into all datacenter infrastructure used to host applications.

System Center 2012 R2 gives application owners the agility they need while providing IT staffs with the tools to drive needed automation and control.

Application performance monitoring

With the pace of innovation that cloud computing has fueled, it is critical to support faster application cycles and real-time collaboration between application developers and operations staff. Microsoft is committed to investing deeply in the right management tools so that IT and application owners have the information to quickly diagnose and remediate applications. System Center provides the deep insight necessary to deliver predictable application SLAs to application owners and in turn, to business stakeholders.

IT service management

Even as organizations try to chart their unique journey to cloud computing, enterprise IT continues to carry the accountability for centralized oversight and governance into core datacenter processes and systems. Such accountability is necessary to ensure enterprise-wide standardization and compliance, particularly in the context of stringent regulations. To maximize operational efficiency, IT services need to be defined and consumed in a centralized manner with the right balance of flexibility and control. System Center enables enterprise IT organizations to deliver services in a flexible manner by providing the necessary service management processes such as custom service request offerings, process/ knowledge integration, and chargeback.