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System Center is a powerful suite of eight different products that can work independently or collectively with each other to give customers complete control and visibility over their servers, workstations and mobile devices.

The three most recognizable components of the System Center suite are System Center Operations Manager (SCOM), System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM), and System Center Configuration Manager (SCCM).

SCOM provides deep monitoring and reporting for Azure, all major operating systems, applications, network devices, and hardware infrastructure. Many third-party applications and hardware devices can also be monitored via Management Packs to make SCOM a true “single pane of glass” for IT monitoring and management.

SCVMM is the most popular management solution for the virtualized datacenter, enabling configuration and management of virtualization hosts, networking, and storage resources for the private cloud. SCVMM also integrates with Windows Azure Pack and Service Manager to provide self-service capabilities for creating resources in the cloud.

SCCM allows customers to manage and automate the processes and applications for workstations, servers, and personal devices. It is the standard for imaging and patch management. SCCM also allows integration with Intune creating an all-in-one console to manage personal devices connecting to company resources.

Microsoft updated System Center as part of the Windows Server 2016 roll-out. Enhancements in System Center 2016 include support for the latest Windows 10 features, a Windows in-place upgrade and a unified end-user portal. Additionally, administrators can create rich reports and slice-and-dice data based across a variety of dimensions using Service Manager’s data warehouse cubes.

One of the most exciting additions is the System Center 2016 integration with Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS) for hybrid cloud environments. OMS is a cloud-based platform that allows administrators to monitor and manage both on-premises and cloud IT assets from a single console. Log analytics features give administrators the ability to diagnose and troubleshoot issues before they result in costly downtime or slow performance. OMS also automates backup and recovery, security, and compliance tasks across all applications, workloads and infrastructure.