System Center 2022 is now generally available
Datacenters are a core part of any IT infrastructure for businesses that run mission-critical workloads. However, with components across compute, networking, and storage, as well as the advancement in cloud technologies, the management of your datacenter environment can quickly become complex. Ever since its release in 2008, Microsoft System Center has been the solution that simplifies datacenter management across your IT environments.
Today, we are excited to announce the general availability of System Center 2022, which includes System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), Virtual Machine Manager (VMM), System Center Orchestrator (SCORCH), Service Manager (SM), and Data Protection Manager (DPM).¹ With this release, we are continuing to bring new capabilities for best-in-class datacenter management across diverse IT environments that could be comprised of Windows Server, Azure Stack HCI, or VMWare deployments. We have been energized to hear of organizations such as Olympia, Schaeffler, and Entain who have validated the capabilities of System Center 2022 during the preview. Now, let us dive into what is new with System Center 2022.
Why upgrade to System Center 2022
Best-in-class datacenter management
Your IT environments are ever-evolving to have applications running on a diverse set of hardware. Your workforce is spread across multiple locations and remote management is the new normal. System Center 2022 focuses on simplifying collaboration and providing consistent control for all your environments.
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.
Overall, this release gives you more control in managing the environment and working with the DevOps teams.
Flexible infrastructure platform
Datacenters are becoming more heterogeneous, with multiple host platforms and hypervisors, Windows/Linux, VMware, and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI). 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.
Hybrid management with Azure
Efficiently managing IT resources that are sprawled across various locations without slowing down developer innovation is a key challenge that IT leaders face today. Azure Arc enables you to seamlessly govern, manage, and secure Windows and Linux servers, Kubernetes clusters, and applications across on-premises, multiple clouds, and the edge from a single control plane.
We will be bringing hybrid capabilities with System Center 2022 to standardize management and governance across on-premises and cloud environments while reusing your existing investments in System Center.
Article written by: Shashank Bansal, Principal Program Manager