Microsoft System Center Replacement Tools

June 5, 2013   //   Microsoft System Center, , , , , , ,

Microsoft has introduced a wave of innovation in 2013 with the release of SharePoint 2013, Lync 2013 and Office 2013 that is changing the way we do business. But one of the big questions in IT is how to effectively and efficiently manage Microsoft’s new stack of products. At IT consulting firm, SWC, we have deployed Microsoft System Center for many mid-market organizations to help consolidate management and cost. System Center offers a breadth of capabilities and solutions for physical and virtual systems monitoring, management, backup and security. There are many products that comprise Microsoft System Center, in this blog I wanted to share a few tools that many companies are currently operating in their environments that System Center can replace.

System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM)
System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM) is a tool that can be used for desktop deployment and management. SCCM will impact your business and help you empower your users with all of the applications and devices they need, allowing them to become more productive, while IT still maintains control. System Center Configuration Manager can replace, the following products:

  • Desktop imaging products, including Altiris, FOG, Ghost and Zenworks
  • Application development products, including Flexera, Kayesa, and Specops
  • Third-party AV products, including McAfee, Symantec, Trend, etc.
  • Acronis, Kace and other inventory, reporting and imaging tools

System Center Operations Manager (SCOM)
System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) can be used to monitor and manage your infrastructure. The tool can provide application diagnostics and ensure all of your systems are available and performing. System Center Operations Manager can replace the following products for management and monitoring: BizMon, Frends, Helium, Minotaur, Solarwinds and Spiceworks.

System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM)
System Center Data Protection Manager (SCDPM) provides cost-effective data protection, replacing alternative products, such as Acronis, Backup Exec, CA, Commvault and replication tools. SCDPM can also be used to restore disk, tape and off premise scenarios.

System Center Service Manager (SCSM)
System Center Service Manager (SCSM) can be used as a Help Desk tool. The product can replace products like Assyst, CA, Manage Engine, Numara, Service Desk Plus and Trackit. It can also be used to replace any third party help desk ticketing software, especially ones that aren’t integrated with Active Directory.

System Center Endpoint Protection
System Center Endpoint Protection can be used as an anti-virus, consolidating security and management. The tool can be used to replace products like Symantec AV and spyware tools.

Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) / System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM)
Security Content Automation Protocol (SCAP) and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) can be used to provide deployment services and virtual machine management for your environment, giving you a cost-effective private cloud. The tool can replace products like HyperV Manager , Failover Cluster Manager and Solarwinds Virtualization Manager.

System Center Orchestrator
System Center Orchestrator is a solution commonly used for workflow management. It is a good replacement for Puppet Automation and vCenter Orchestrator.

SWC currently offers a Microsoft System Center assessment and business managed tools analysis. As part of our assessment and analysis, we will look at the dozens of tools your business is currently using that could be replaced by Microsoft System Center, allowing you to consolidate management and costs. We will also provide a roadmap to deployment, if you’re an XP end of life candidate or looking into a desktop refresh, this will give you guidance on how to get you there. Finally, we also deliver mobile landscape recommendations as part of the assessment on how to use System Center for tablet management.

Whether it’s SCCM, SCDPM, SCSM, SCOM, SCVMM, or EndPoint Protection, or a hybrid approach, SWC can help you make sense of all of the Microsoft System Center tools, so that you can better manage your IT environment. The Power to manage is closer than you think with Microsoft System Center 2012!

Contact SWC today to talk about how Microsoft System Center can help you meet your business objectives. To learn more about SWC’s Microsoft System Center offering, please join us for our next System Center event or follow Brad Ellison on LinkedIn.

If you enjoyed reading this blog, please take a moment to read a few of SWC’s other blogs on Microsoft System Center:

How Microsoft System Center 2012 Manages the Private Cloud
What is the Private Cloud?
The Top Features of Microsoft System Center 2012
SWC Taps Beers With Brad