While the cloud and mobility may make it easier for end users to access their applications and data from whatever device they choose and from wherever they are on the network, managing the infrastructure that supports everything has become increasingly complex.
Long gone are the days of a neatly siloed data center since x86 server virtualization was finally created more than a decade ago.
IT administrators can no longer simply monitor physical servers in a server room onsite, but dozens of virtual servers running on a variety of software-based hypervisors that reside on physical boxes on-premise, in the cloud or a hybrid of the two.
All of the major OS, hypervisor and application providers - including Microsoft - have software to manage these environments, but, in many cases, third-party tools with more granular and automated features are needed to keep everything in good working order and lower total cost of ownership.
Microsoft server tools and services still reign in the marketplace, and its large Partner Network is actively building products to leverage and complement Microsoft's technologies, including System Center Operations Manager (SCOM).
Among Microsoft's partners is software development company VIAcode Consulting, a company with roots in monitoring software. The experts at VIAcode previously founded a company called AVIcode, where they conceived, developed and enhanced an advanced solution for monitoring .NET applications. Microsoft purchased the company in 2010 and integrated the software into SCOM 2012. VIAcode technologists have also built dozens of management packs, integrators, orchestrators, and configurators that enable the management of third-party applications within System Center.
VIAcode has partnered with us to build a Management pack for SCOM SP1: