06-05-2015, 12:06 #1
[EN] Microsoft boasts that new cloud manager will control AWS
Operations Management Suite described as multi-cloud, multi-vendor management platform
06-05-2015, 22:23 #2
Blog post original: Introducing Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS)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.
Learn more at www.microsoft.com/oms
06-05-2015, 22:49 #3
07-05-2015, 13:55 #4
Azure Stack Marks Turning Point for Microsoft's Cloud OSBy Jeffrey SchwartzMay 06, 2015
Microsoft unveiled the new "Azure Stack" offering at its Ignite conference this week, signaling a change of direction from its old "Cloud OS" vision.
Microsoft first unveiled its Cloud OS -- which is actually a term used by a number of other providers, including Cisco and HP -- in 2012, when it released Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012. The release of Azure Pack in 2013 also fell under that Cloud OS umbrella. While Cloud OS provided the building blocks to build Azure-like clouds in private datacenters and third-party hosing providers, it hasn't been seamless. The effort has amounted to an amalgamation of Microsoft's datacenter software offerings didn't quite live up to its billing.
At Ignite, Microsoft took the first steps toward phasing out its Cloud OS brand in favor of the new Azure Stack, which it says will enable a common infrastructure for on-premises datacenters and Azure. Microsoft Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson introduced Azure Stack during the opening Ignite keynote on Monday.
"This is literally us giving you all of Azure for you to run in your datacenters," Anderson said. "What this brings you is you get that great IaaS and PaaS environment in your datacenters. You have incredible capability like a unified application model that gives you a one-click deployment experience for even the most complex, multi-tier applications and then you get that cloud-inspired infrastructure. We're giving you the same software controller that we built for our network, the name is the same, network controller. We're giving you our load balancing. We're giving you all the storage innovation."
Along with the new Microsoft Operations Management Service -- which was also announced at Ignite and enables management of multiple servers, clouds and virtual machines -- Azure Stack substantially advances the capabilities of Azure Pack in that it aims to allow enterprises and hosting providers to build and manage cloud infrastructures that truly mirror the functionality and experience of the Azure public cloud.
Ryan O'Hara, a Microsoft program director, explained in an Ignite briefing on Tuesday that Azure Stack will offer more features than the Azure Pack. Among other things, it will offer all of the services of both IaaS and PaaS and all of the Azure management tools. "We think about Azure Stack as the delivery of Azure innovations on premises," O'Hara said.
Jeff Woolsey, a Microsoft senior technical product manager, demonstrated the Azure Stack in Monday's Ignite keynote. "You see the same IaaS virtual machines, the same network interfaces, the same public IP addresses, the same BLOB storage, the same SQL [and] the same role-based access control both in Azure and in Azure Stack," he said. Through the Azure Portal, Woolsey showed how to associate Azure services -- such as networking and compute and storage, as well as Azure's software-based load balancers, software-defined network controllers and the distributed firewall -- into the Azure Stack.
"We've packaged those up and put those in the Azure Stack for you so you're getting those same software-defined networking capabilities," he said.
Azure Stack will be released as a preview sometime this summer, and will become generally available next year with Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016, Microsoft officials said at Ignite. Azure Stack will be a key component of Windows Server 2016 but it will be a separate offering. A second technical preview of Windows Server 2016 was released on Monday.