Better Together: Microsoft System Center and Windows Server 2012 R2

August 28, 2013   //   Microsoft System Center, , , , , ,

Microsoft’s ‘better together’ concept has proven to deliver and help businesses streamline their overall approach to IT operations and management. The Microsoft System Center suite continues to be a great example of how the ‘better together’ strategy is working for our customers, giving them the ability to proactively and efficiently monitor and manage their entire infrastructure. As Microsoft continues to create homogeneous technology solutions that make individuals and IT professionals more productive, SWC continues to evolve its Microsoft System Center practice to help our customers deploy technology solutions that work ‘better together.’

In this blog, I wanted to highlight some of the new Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 features that can help boost and enhance the functionality of your Microsoft System Center managed private cloud. Let’s take a look at how these two products work ‘better together.’

Storage Transformed

Windows Server 2012 R2 has a new feature called Storage Spaces that transforms the way you store your data. Storage Spaces automatically deliver breakthrough performance at a fraction of the cost. This is accomplished through a new storage tiering feature which tiers data across hard disks and solid state drives based on usage. It can significantly improve storage performance and cost efficiency across your organization. Windows Server 2012 R2’s new capabilities work ‘better together’ with Microsoft System Center by allowing us to better provision and transform storage in our managed private cloud.

Software Defined Networking

Windows Server 2012 R2 has taken agility and flexibility to a new level. The network virtualization capabilities of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft System Center’s management capabilities work ‘better together’ by giving customers the ability to place any virtual machine on any node regardless of the IP address, with isolation. Windows Server 2012 R2 also provides a new in-box gateway feature that delivers internet access to virtual networks and full connectivity to physical networks, giving you the ability to easily extend your virtual network.

Live Migration and Virtualization

Windows Server 2012 R2’s cross-version live migration offers high-performance through an integrated virtualization platform for the virtual machines its running. Some of the benefits of running the new live migration compression include significant time savings (nearly 50%) using spare CPU cycles to compress live migration traffic. This requires no special hardware. Live migrations can be made even faster when using RDMA, which helps to enable the offloading of processes to the NICs (if they support RDMA). This is supported in Microsoft System Center’s Virtual Machine Manager and another reason why we think Windows Server 2012 and Microsoft System Center work ‘better together.’

Information and Access Protection

Windows Server 2012 R2 supports Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) programs that empower users to be more productive by working on their own personal devices. Microsoft System Center makes the process work ‘better together’ by providing users with a consistent experience across their devices through an easy and secure registration process. System Center also gives IT professionals the ability to manage these devices, mitigate risk and maintain security and control over corporate information through policy-based access control for both on-premises and cloud-based applications.

Java Application Monitoring

Windows Server 2012 R2 has new features that facilitate deep application insight into your Java applications. The new tools offer a variety of insight into performance and exception events as well as level alerting within Microsoft System Center’s Operations Manager. These two products are ‘better together’ offering traceability in the line-of-code level and performance and exception metrics for .NET and Java application monitoring. This leads to a dev-ops collaboration process that is tool-driven and more actionable. Additionally Windows Server 2012 R2 supports Java JDK, Tomcat and other Java web services frameworks.

There are so many ways Microsoft System Center and Windows Server 2012 R2 work ‘better together,’ with new features and benefits that enhance and streamline IT operations and management. To learn more about how Microsoft System Center can help you and your Chicago business, please join IT consultants, SWC for our next Microsoft System Center event or follow Brad Ellison on LinkedIn.

This list was adapted from TechNet’s Microsoft Windows Server blog.

If you enjoyed reading this post, 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
Microsoft System Center Replacement Tools
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