Monday, July 18, 2016

Ignite 2016 = Launch Date System Center 2016

As expected, System Center 2016 will be launched in Q3 2016. Now the date is really set: System Center 2016 will be launched at Ignite 2016, which takes place in September.

For now (based on TP5 for SCOM 2016) these are the fixes and new features:

  • Monitor a broad range of network devices without requiring Operations Manager certification
  • Monitor Nano Server deployments, including DNS and IIS roles
  • Realize more than 2X scale improvement in monitoring UNIX/Linux servers
  • Experience a more responsive application console, including the ability to navigate across different views and pivots without having to wait for the data to load
  • Seamlessly discover, install and update required management packs right from the administration console
  • Tune management packs, and alter the monitors and alerting rules – either at source level or group level – to reduce alert noise
  • Plan and schedule maintenance windows for workloads without generating spurious alerts in Operations Manager console
  • Utilize the Preferred Partner program to discover third-party management packs, authoring tools, dashboard utilities, etc., right from the Operations Manager console.

IMHO these fixes and new features aren’t that big compared to SCOM 2012 R2 UR#9, underlining Microsoft’s ‘Cloud-First, Mobile-First’ strategy.

2 comments:

thx1200 said...

The lack of features is disappointing. They've invested a lot in oms but other than site recovery, nothing there is really that useful. Log analytics seems t be the cool kid on the block, but the use case there is thin. I can see it being useful for tracking trends, but even there I'd rather use OpsMgr. It's so easy to write an event collection rule. And I don't have to pay to ship my data to the cloud and store it.

System Center on prem, OTOH, is widely deployed and incredibly mature. But if this trend of incremental updates every two years continues, I might take a look at SolarWinds again.

Unknown said...

I second that comment! Fixing poor performance is a new feature? That should have been fixed in an update. Very disappointed in the overall lack of new features. Make Unix/Linux monitoring features more on par with Windows monitoring. Finish a dashboard philosophy you started. Give us on-prem BlueStripe!