System Center Operations Manager 2012 Beta

OpsMgr/SCOM 2012 beta has been launched.  It will …

“… help you manage your data centre and cloud environments by:

  • Delivering flexible and cost effective enterprise-class monitoring and diagnostics while reducing the total cost of ownership by leveraging commodity hardware, with standard configurations to monitor heterogeneous environments.
  • Helping to ensure the availability of business-critical applications and services through market-leading .NET application performance monitoring and diagnostics plus JEE application health monitoring.
  • Providing a comprehensive view of data centres, and private and public clouds.

Feature Summary

  • Predictable performance and availability of critical applications
    • End-to-end views of application health and topology
    • Establishment of application service-level delivery (SLAs)
    • Precise identification of application errors

    Flexible and cost-effective infrastructure monitoring

    • In-depth monitoring, diagnostics, and reporting for heterogeneous environments
    • Integrated network device monitoring and alerts
    • Simplified management infrastructure
  • Comprehensive monitoring for your data centre and cloud—on your terms
    • Integrated physical, virtual, and cloud management
    • Common console across data centre and clouds
    • Rich reporting”

The things that look most interesting to me from the TechNet videos that I’ve watched are the more fault tolerant/simplified management server groups, and built-in network monitoring.  The second product I ever worked with in my career was a networking product that my then employer started to sell (but stopped soon after we started training sales people).  OpsMgr appears to work similarly: feed in a bunch of network device credentials, point it at one “seed” device, and let OpsMgr discover the rest of the network from there based on what it finds.  And after that you have port and protocol level fault and performance monitoring.  I guess we’ll find out more once we get the beta installed.

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