The Cloud and my on-prem investments by Daniel Örneling

The Cloud and my on-prem investments, a perfect match?

As most people in the IT community know, there is a hip “new” thing called the Cloud. It has been a hot topic for a while now. When talking about it, there are some questions that are frequently asked, like: “What is the difference between public and private Clouds?” and “Why should I use the Cloud?”

Another question that is often asked is “Are my on-premises investments in System Center useless now that I have the Cloud right ‘over my head’?” And “What about my recent investments in new hardware that’s being managed by System Center?”

Yes, the Cloud (Microsoft Azure), will deliver new servers within minutes; but that doesn’t mean your investments are made in vain. The unlimited resources of the Cloud are very useful in different scenarios. For example, if you are about to get new hardware, you may as well put your servers in the Cloud. Another scenario would bring you to a hybrid solution where you extend your datacenter up into the Cloud. This way, you can take advantage of the scalability of the Cloud and only have to use the servers you put up there when needed.

Besides delivering new VM’s on-demand, Microsoft Azure (the Cloud) will deliver backup, web sites, and much more. One thing in particular that I’ve gone through, is the Microsoft Operations Management Suite which will help you keep track of your environment and follow up on things like servers needing security patches, Active Directory health, etc. In my opinion, the Cloud will only bring good things with this new technology and will allow you to really get the most out of your environment. It doesn’t matter if your applications are deployed on-prem or in the Cloud anymore, you can still manage them from one console. If you use great solutions–such as Savision’s Live Maps Unity–to monitor and get the SLA levels from all your business services, you can do it all in one console!

A sneak peek of the whitepaper 

Of course, one of the most important things in all of this is knowing how to connect the ground to the Cloud. When talking about Azure and the IaaS solutions, there are two ways to connect. The first way is the site-to-site VPN, which provides you with a tunnel on-prem to the Cloud and connects your on-prem networks with those networks that you have created in Azure. This will give you direct access to your Cloud servers and storage accounts. Find out how it can be done in my previous blog post and read more about the VPN solutions here.

Site-to-site VPN that provides you with a tunnel on-prem to the Cloud

The newest release of Live Maps Unity, Version 7.5 features significant enhancements to the current offering by adding Advanced Service Level Agreement Monitoring and a brand new Web Portal. This new version was released recently and you can read how it is connected to Microsoft Azure and OMS in my upcoming whitepaper.

If you think this sounds interesting and would like to know more, then you should definitely pick up Savision’s free whitepaper that I wrote on Azure, entitled: “Make the most of the Cloud with Microsoft System Center and Azure”. The whitepaper will be available on December 9th, 2015 so stay tuned to find out everything that you need to know about how to get the most out of the Cloud.

In the meantime, read how to add Business Service Management capabilities to the Operations Management Suite in this blog .

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