WHAT IS NEW IN MICROSOFT SYSTEM CENTER 2016?

WHAT IS NEW IN MICROSOFT SYSTEM CENTER 2016?

Microsoft System Center is an essential tool for managing Windows Server environments and client desktop operating systems. It has been a key component of modern data center strategies in recent years.
Data centers are the backbones of every major IT operation, from consumer-facing ridesharing services such as Uber and Lyft to the enterprise Infrastructure-as-a-Service offerings from Microsoft, Amazon and Google.The virtualized and cloud-based infrastructures housed in these facilities have consumed a larger share of corporate IT budgets over the years. NTT Communications surveyed 1,580 decision-makers and found that virtual/cloud combination would likely account for 28 percent of their allocations by 2018 Public clouds like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure get the most attention, but private cloud is just as important for many organizations.
Private clouds are a pool of elastic infrastructure that is only available to users in a restricted corporate IT environment behind firewalls. It is therefore “private” in this sense, unlike public cloud alternatives that are multi-tenant and are thus used by many paying customers.
What does System Center 2016 have to offer cloud management? Let’s take a look at some of the most important features.
1. Hybrid IT support
RightScale’s 2017 State of the Cloud Report found that a solid majority of companies had hybrid cloud strategies in place. Hybrid cloud allows for the mixing and matching of different service providers, software platforms, and applications. It is up to you to weave them together into a cohesive whole.
System Center 2016 makes it easier to synthesise than ever before. It can run on Windows, VMware and OpenStack, as well as Linux-based OSes. It also supports cloud-based workloads (either on Azure, AWS, or on-premises).
2. Linux integration
System Center 2016 has a very sophisticated Linux support. It is compatible with CentOS, Debian Red Hat, Red Hat SUSE, and Ubuntu OSes. Its drivers have been integrated into the upstream Linux kernel to ensure seamless integration.
System Center 2016 allows you to add 64 processors to a virtual machine running Linux. Secure boot is supported by System Center 2016. This allows OS components to be verified via their respective Unified Extensible Firmware Interfaces.
Microsoft estimates that 25% of all System Center instances include Linux virtual machines. System Center 2016 offers advanced management of heterogeneous environments, including Windows and Linux virtual machines, with greater power, security, and flexibility than previous editions.
3. Windows Server Enhancements
Windows Server has seen a lot of changes over the past twenty-plus years. It has been able to add key features like Active Directory and Hyper-V over the past 20 years, and has become the foundation of modern virtualization strategies and cloud computing.
System Center 2016 users can pair it with any supported version of Windows Server, including Windows Server 2016. Windows Server can be used as the guest operating systems when managing VMs within any environment using System Center.
“System Center offers three types of VM Checkpoints.”
System Center offers three types of VM checkpoints that can capture data, configuration hardware, and the last known state of VMs. Production checkpoints are “point-in-time” captures that can be fully restored later. They do not use save state technology and rely instead on restoration software. There are also production-only checkspoints that do not provide backups in the event of a failure to achieve a production checkpoint (instead, they fall back to a regular checkpoint like the first); and standard checkpoints that can be used for testing and development scenarios.
System Center 2016 supports Nano Server, hot-swappable memories and network adaptors. This is the ability to modify the memory that VMs have been assigned, even if they are running normally, hence the name.
4. Streamlined resource provisioning, migration
One of the key benefits of cloud computing and virtualization is the ability to provision resources that would otherwise have taken many days or even weeks to set-up using traditional IT infrastructure. System Center 2016 continues the long-standing trend of IT provisioning, migration, and adds:
Template-based provisioning: The System Center 2016 Virtual Machine Manager allows VMs to be set up using preset templates, saving time that otherwise would have gone toward manual configuration.Dynamic optimization: On-demand optimization ensures that load balancing of memory, CPU and storage and networking I/O are fully responsive to changing conditions. You can also power optimize: This allows you to turn off hosts when they are not needed and then turn them back on again as necessary. This virtualization allows for very low overhead and allows you to run a HyperV lab. Extensions for Microsoft Azure
Organizations of all sizes need to move large numbers of virtual and physical machines off-premises as a result of hybrid cloud environments. This is possible with System Center 2016.
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