Operations Management Suite (also known as OMS) is a collection of management services that were designed in the cloud from the start. Rather than deploying and managing on-premises resources, OMS components are entirely hosted in Azure. Configuration is minimal, and you can be up and running relatively quickly.Currently there are more than 40 solutions available that can be enabled to analyze your data and provide simple yet effective dashboards. The dashboards display your systems health and even providing recommendations to resolve issues.
The solution offerings have a wide range in terms of functionality. They not only monitor health, but can automate processes, track changes, inform you about compliance with security best practices and software patches, and help you to prepare for operating system upgrades.
In conjunction with several other tools, BTS uses OMS to monitor clients’ as well as our own infrastructure. Unlike many monitoring systems, OMS provides more than just alerts once a problem has already occurred. It includes best practices analysis and recommendations for a variety of services ranging from DNS to SQL Server.
Here’s an overview of just some of the feature of OMS:
- Minimal cost and complexity of deployment. Because all of the components and data for OMS are stored in Azure, you can be up and running in a short time without the complexity and investment in on-premises components.
- Scale to cloud levels. You don’t have to worry about paying for compute resources that you don’t need or about running out of storage space since the cloud allows you to pay only for what you actually use and will readily scale to any load you require. You can start by managing a few resources to get started and then scale up to your entire environment.
- Take advantage of the latest features. Features in OMS services are continuously being added and updated. You constantly have access to the latest features without any requirement to deploy updates.
- Integrated services. While each of the OMS services provide significant value on their own, they can work together to solve complex management scenarios. For example, a runbook in Azure Automation might drive a failover process with Azure Site Recovery and then log information to Log Analytics to generate an alert.
- Global knowledge. Management solutions in OMS continuously have access to the latest information. The Security and Audit solution for example, can perform a threat analysis using the latest threats being detected around the world.
- Access from anywhere. Access your management environment from anywhere you have a browser. Install the OMS app on your smartphone for ready access to your monitoring data.
- Monitors on-premise systems as well. Put an agent on any Windows or Linux computer in your data center, and it will send data to Log Analytics where it can be analyzed along with all other data collected from cloud or on-premises services. Use Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery to leverage the cloud for backup and high availability for on-premises resources.
- Works with your existing SCOM instance. If you have an existing installation of System Center, you can integrate these components with OMS services to provide a hybrid solution for both your on-premises and cloud environments leveraging the relative specialties of each product. Connect your existing Operations Manager management group to Log Analytics to analyze managed agents in the cloud. Use your existing backup process with Data Protection Manager to backup your data to the cloud. Connect to your Virtual Machine Manager implementation to gain insights into your Hyper-V capacity and performance.
OMS can be a cost-effective tool providing great insights into your mission-critical business systems. If you want learn more and see how OMS could work for your organization contact us today.