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Five Reasons IT Pros Need Microsoft System Center

Microsoft System Center is a set of integrated solutions that provide seamless management of all aspects of both physical and virtual IT infrastructures, allowing IT departments to function more effectively and efficiently. Here are the top reasons System Center solutions give you the power to create and manage the best IT environment for your organization’s dynamic needs, while delivering a high return on investment.

1. Integration from Desktop to Datacenter
Microsoft System Center solutions integrate with each other, and with Microsoft Core Infrastructure solutions, allowing you to:

  • Leverage the full power of Microsoft technologies.
  • Use an integrated, extensible platform for managing IT resources.
  • Reduce the complexity of day-to-day management tasks by using one set of tools.

Case Study: The Cleveland Clinic wanted to raise its profile and expand its customer base by creating a website that combined authoritative health education with online sales of wellness products and services. The hospital chose a custom solution from Microsoft Gold Certified partner Bennett Adelson. The tightly integrated platform of Microsoft technologies, including Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 and Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007, enabled Bennett Adelson to meet an aggressive six-month schedule. And three months after launch, the site had a conversion rate of visitors-to-customers exceeding the hospital’s expectations.

“We knew the Microsoft platform could scale, that it was reliable, and that everything we needed could interoperate without a problem,” says Tom Gubanc, Director of IT, Cleveland Clinic. “There was no reason to go elsewhere.” Read the full story.

2. Efficiency through Interoperability
Simplicity is the key to keeping day-to-day IT management tasks efficient and controlling operating costs. You can use System Center solutions to monitor cross-platform environments such as Linux and UNIX, in addition to managing non-Windows virtualization environments such as VMware. System Center solutions also offer connectors that help you take advantage of open standards.

Case Study: Johns Hopkins Institutions wanted to trim the cost of managing its IT infrastructure, which spanned 1,500 Windows, Linux, and UNIX operating system-based servers and 15,000 desktop computers. The organization deployed Microsoft System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 to manage all systems through one console, doubling monitoring efficiency, increasing application service levels, and improving auditing. Read more.

3. Knowledge-Driven Optimization
System Center solutions include embedded knowledge based on industry standards and allow you to add organization-specific knowledge, so you can easily:

  • Create customized solutions based on business needs.
  • Capture best practices and processes.
  • Automate repetitive management tasks.

4. Unified Management of Physical and Virtual IT Environments
With the same console and tool for managing both physical and virtual IT environments, System Center solutions give you the flexibility to deliver the smartest response to the unique challenges and opportunities facing your organization.

Case Study: Applied Innovations, a Microsoft Gold Certified partner and Web hosting service provider, needed to accommodate a request for 500 server instances. Rather than installing physical servers, the company used Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008 to deploy 500 virtual machines running on 24 rack servers. This solution reduced management load, improved reliability, and is saving Applied Innovations $1.7 million over three years, while enabling it to meet a growth opportunity. Get the full story.

5. Rapid Time to Value
System Center solutions can be implemented quickly and produce results immediately, while building a more agile IT infrastructure. System Center solutions:

  • Can be easily customized to meet your organization’s needs using your existing Windows-based expertise—no extensive retraining required.
  • Offer a high return on investment through an economical licensing model, reduced total cost of operations (TCO), targeted guidance on IT operations, and solution templates.

Whether you need to monitor and control non-Microsoft infrastructures, applications, or operating systems, you’ll find custom service templates and management applications that fit the bill.

To learn more about how Microsoft System Center solutions can contribute to your organization’s success, and to read the full case studies mentioned above, follow the Related Links.