Managing Cloud or Local Environments with Operations Manager Suite

April 11, 2016   //   Microsoft System Center, ,

Cloud management is a hot topic these days. With so many different places for an administrator to collect data, such as the Azure portal, the Office 365 portal, the helpdesk portal, the SCCM console, the Operations Manager console, a 3rd party monitoring solution, etc., many IT managers want to know the best way to monitor Azure, Office 365 or Local environments. Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to see all of this in one place? Microsoft thinks so, too.

Enter Operations Manager Suite

Operations Manager Suite is SaaS management solution that is simple and easy to integrate. It can manage on-premises or cloud environments including Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Even Linux operating systems are supported by Microsoft Operations Manager.

Management Suite for Cloud

How do you configure this monitoring in OMS?

Using the Solutions Gallery, you can quickly add modules (also named Solution Packs) and extend what you can monitor and analyze. As of the time this blog was published, everything in the Gallery is free.

Here is a sample of some (not all) of the modules currently available on the Solutions Gallery:

Cloud Management Pricing


Using the Gallery, you can quickly see that there is a lot of data that can be collected, but a question starts coming to mind: Do I need an on-premises server or not?

You can use OMS standalone or integrate it with an existing System Center Operations Manager server. However, without the latter, some modules and functions will not work.

A module that requires Operations Manager on your network:

alert management cloud


The best part is that there is a free trial so you can take it for a test run before committing. If you have no monitoring right now, it’s the perfect tool to get started and and grow at your own pace!

Manage Your Cloud Technologies for Success

Microsoft Operations Manager Suite makes it easy to configure better monitoring for your Azure and local environments. However, this is just scraping the surface of what is required to keep a watchful eye on your applications and data. Cloud management presents a number of challenges, such as capacity management, assessing actual resource cost and managing a hybrid environment.

The experts at SWC can not only help you get started with Operations Manager Suite, but we also specialize in strategic cloud solutions that can improve efficiency and increase your organizations’s revenue. If you’re interested in learning more about monitoring your Azure and local environments, contact SWC. We also invite you to attend one of our complimentary Chicagoland technology events to learn more about the latest tools and strategies that are transforming businesses today.