Making Optimized IT Delivery A Reality In Your Organization

June 13, 2014   //   Microsoft System Center, , , , ,

Microsoft System Center App Controller 2012 R2 (SCAC) provides a unified self-service experience across both an organization’s private and public clouds to empower application owners to easily build, configure, deploy and manage new services. Read my blog to learn more about how this powerful tool will enable your organization to drastically reduce the time, complexity and costs associated with managing today’s fast paced IT environment.

By integrating Microsoft System Center Application Controller (SCAC) into your Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) you can significantly reduce both hardware and resource costs. The user permissions, applications, templates, networking and storage tiers available in SCVMM are also accessible in a secure SCAC web portal. Let’s say your organization has a hybrid configuration of an on-premise deployment with several VMs running in the Windows Azure cloud. SCAC can access resources in both locations, even if they are on disparate network segments. All your IT administrator needs to do is grant the application owner appropriate rights to perform a defined set of functions, such as the ability to checkpoint or reboot a VM. Furthermore, if that application owner wants to delegate some of these responsibilities to a subordinate, but with extra restrictions – such as not being allowed to delete or power-off the VM – he or she can do so using SCAC without having to involve IT at all.

By incorporating SCAC into the rest of the Microsoft System Center suite, you provide tenants with many more options. Using the scenario I described above, let’s say the same application owner uses the Microsoft System Center Service Manager portal to request new resources for his or her private cloud, and then fills in all of the necessary details, such as storage requirements and network connectivity. Service Manager will then emails this request to the appropriate IT administrator, who can reply to Service Manager and approve the request. Without even opening the Service Manager console, this email kicks off an Orchestrator runbook which automatically provisions the resources – locally or in the cloud – then grants permissions to the owner and sends a notification email once the setup has been completed. The new resource is now visible to the owner the next time they login to SCAC.

In this scenario, it is easy to see the vast potential for IT service automation with SCAC. Although the tools are easy to use, architecting and implementing all of the details required to make SCAC successful can be complex. It takes a lot of planning and follow through. At SWC we work with many organizations to make optimized IT delivery a reality.

To learn more about how Microsoft System Center can empower your organization’s IT operations, join us for our next Chicagoland Microsoft System Center event.

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