MVP Systems Software and the JAMS team received an incredibly positive response from attendees at the 2013 Microsoft Management Summit. From the first hours of the Summit, our booth became a gathering place for IT pros seeking out efficient management solutions for Windows-centric environments (though there was noticeable excitement from attendees managing Linux/UNIX and iSeries). Over the course of the event, they shared first-hand stories about the challenges of centralization, mainly around configuring and deploying heterogeneous systems as well as monitoring them in real time. Scheduling and automation were natural follow-on topics as many attendees we met were grappling with the shift of datacenters and related management tasks to public and private cloud environments (e.g. Azure). Maintaining the same standards for security, logging, and alerting as they had on physical servers was top of mind.
Cross-platform automation immediately resonated with the many System Center pros in attendance. Having begun to realize the cost benefits of centralized configuration management and centralized storage management, they quickly understood the business benefit of tying in scheduled tasks from other systems, such as ERP and BI. Scripting and native scheduling tools often helped companies establish basic workflows, but many attendees acknowledged that those setups had shortcomings. They cited logging, auditing and dependency-based automation as key requirements for managing their infrastructure.
Summit attendees saw tremendous value in the integration of JAMS Job Scheduler with SCOM. MVP provides JAMS users with a SCOM Management Pack that monitors components and services. With support for agent tasks and dashboard views, the JAMS Management Pack for SCOM makes resources such as availability, system health, and performance readily available to the teams responsible for the overall health of a company’s IT infrastructure.
For MVP, connecting with the MMS community, including members of Microsoft’s product teams, was extremely relevant. As the momentum around heterogeneous server environments is multiplying, we’re excited to be helping companies with established Windows management systems extend their reach to tasks on other platforms that are equally critical to their business process.