4 July 2014 blogs Junaid Ahmed 4min read
A monitoring solution is not only about gauging health/performance of data center components but also to visualize it in a friendly and timely manner. To make it valuable for responding to troublesome variations in a data center.
Practical benefit of a monitoring solution is achieved when IT and service owners are able to visualize the health status and can act timely on it. Added value comes when the solution can predict the failures or disruption of services.
Microsoft System Center Operations Manager (a.k.a SCOM) 2012 R2
Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 Operations Manager is one of the best data center monitoring platform which, contrary to a general perception, provides wide range of monitoring capability for infrastructure other than Microsoft as well.
A gap within SCOM 2012 R2 as a monitoring solution: Visualization
The product is highly capable of deep and pro-active monitoring of data center components (i.e. hardware, storage, network, operating systems, applications, services, client end experience etc.) and to visualize it in a more technical way. But it lacks a capability to visualize the monitored components in a more decorative way, especially for middle & higher level management (i.e. IT managers, IT Head, CxO etc.). This lacking makes it less favorable for the higher IT management and executives.
The life saver: Savision Live Maps
Savision Live Maps fulfills this gap very gracefully. It provides a highly flexible visualization platform to create the fancy state-based health status dashboards which can be highly presentable and pertinent for middle and high level IT management as well as business owners.
Microsoft SCOM 2012 R2 & Savision Live Maps: A wonderful couple
Savision Live Maps is an integration on top of System Center 2012 Operations Manager. It can visualize the components, which are already being monitored by SCOM 2012 R2, on various type of dashboards & views. Savision Live Maps based dashboards can be as high-level as a geographical map based health state views and as technical as a network topology diagram.
Such as below views are instinctual & spontaneous for executives as well as administrators to keep an eye on infrastructure health.
Various health components can be visualized using such dashboards:
- Geographical Site health
- Sites Connectivity
- Business Applications & Critical Services
- Various Infrastructure ingredients
Such views can be of great value for:
- IT Executives & CxOs
- Application Owners
- IT Managers
- IT Administrators
- Network Administrators &
- Mounted Screens (TVs) in NOC or Datacenter
Additionally Live Maps Unity (an Enterprise license feature) aggregates the infrastructure components into services. This also provides service-based notification, instead of just individual IT component alerting, the service owner will automatically get notified as well.
Microsoft Operations Manager 2012 R2 and Savision Live Maps together can bring a great value for an organization to monitor the infrastructure end-to-end and to visualize it on different levels.
These state-based monitoring dashboards can be more presentable, interactive, informational and hierarchical linked to provide a friendly navigation and diagnosis experience.
Additionally the dashboards can be published on mobile devices. Service-dashboards (Savision Live Maps Unity) can add more value to map IT components to business services. Finally, an SCOM 2012 R2 environment without the Savision Live Maps is like a beautiful Orchidaceae without an Orchid!
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About Junaid Ahmed
Sr. Technical Consultant at Mideast Data Systems
Junaid Ahmed is a skilled IT professional with more than eight years of experience including planning, designing, implementing, managing enterprise solutions majorly based on Microsoft and associated technologies. He recently accepted a new challenge to lead and land technical consultancy, pre-sales and post-sales expertise in field of Microsoft cloud computing services, majorly Office 365 and Windows Azure.