You have decided to go to try this new cloud thing, and you are starting to place workloads in the cloud. Then you start to wonder…. If I can’t touch the server or see it, how am I supposed to know if something goes wrong?
This is where OMS comes in….
OMS stands for Operations Management Suite. Think of it somewhat as System Center Operations Manager but for the cloud. OMS is the single pane of glass that allows you to monitor all facets of your Azure workloads in one centralized location. The major reasons that you want to investigate OMS can all be found at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/cloud-platform/operations-management-suite.
Here is the quick and dirty on why OMS is so important.
- Gain Immediate insights across your workloads – OMS allows you to quickly and easily access log information for your workloads and start to correlate events based on the data collected.
- Respond faster to security threats – due to the global reach of the Azure infrastructure, OMS allows for immediate security response from around the globe. The distributed nature of the system allows for global identity security which means that if a user logs in to the Azure Portal in the southeast US and then 10 mintues later the same credentials are used across the globe, this traffic would be flagged as fraudulant.
- Enable consistent control and compliance – OMS allows for integration with Azure Automation accounts and can leverage technologies like Microsoft Server Desired State Configuration. This assures that each and every VM is compliant at all times with the Desired State that has been assigned to that server.
- Ensure availability of apps and data – Last but not least, OMS assures that you are always in the know immediately if there is an interruption to any of your services. You can setup email or SMS type alerts to assure that your customers have the best experience possible.
These are some of the ways that OMS can help you and your company keep an eye on all of your cloud resources and workloads. Check out the link above for more information. OMS is one of the fastest changing products in the Cloud space at the moment. Make sure to take some time and check it out.
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