Microsoft has announced the availability of System Center 2022. The latest release brings System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), System Center Orchestrator (SCORCH), Service Manager (SM), and Data Protection Manager (DPM).
To offer enhanced datacenter management experience for IT environments including, for example, Windows Server, Azure Stack HCI, or VMWare deployments, this release offers new capabilities. In the preview phase, various organizations such as Olympia, Schaeffler, and Entain also recognized the validity of the capabilities that System Center 2022 has to offer.
The release incorporates a number of enhancements and delivers resources fundamental to gaining more control in administering the environment and collaborating with the DevOps teams. Some of the capabilities incorporated in System Center 2022 are:
Enhanced access control capabilities in SCOM facilitate simpler management of permissions on the monitoring data and alert actions. A critical piece toward adoption of DevOps practices, empowering the users with the right level of control. The integration with Microsoft Teams and management of alert closures reduce the circle time between the application owners and the SCOM administrator. The developers can get notified about alerts for their applications on the Teams channels.
Additionally, to meet the needs of growing environments, you can now assign both IPv4 and IPv6 IP addresses to the software-defined networking (SDN) deployments with VMM. Performance and technology optimizations to the data protection manager mean you get more control and speed on the backups and restores.
Microsoft has integrated System Center 2022 with management capabilities that have been made possible through a "flexible" infrastructure platform, and mentioned:
System Center 2022 enables the unification of management practices for the datacenter, irrespective of the platform in use.
System Center 2022 is the best toolset to manage your Windows Server 2022 and SQL Server infrastructure. This includes using Windows Server 2022 for the management infrastructure and managing the Windows Server 2022 based environment. In addition to a comprehensive management experience for Windows Server 2022 workloads, this release of System Center adds support for managing Azure Stack HCI 21H2, VMware 7.0 hosts, and the latest Linux distros. You can create, configure, and register HCI 21H2 clusters, control virtual machines on the HCI clusters, set up SDN controllers, and manage storage pools from VMM. There are new management packs in SCOM for monitoring the Azure Stack HCI clusters. To protect the virtual machines on Stack HCI clusters, Microsoft Azure Backup Server can now be used.
Management capabilities from Azure for hybrid management include Azure Arc equipping users with resources to steer, using a single control plane, Windows and Linux servers, Kubernetes clusters, and applications across on-premise, multiple clouds, and the edge. In addition, the Redmond tech giant also mentioned that the hybrid capabilities will be employed "to standardize management and governance across on-premises and cloud environments while reusing your existing investments in System Center."