This is my last post on System Center 2012 and Azure… This is it – I swear!
During my investigating into the various integration points between System Center 2012 and Azure I found there there are a lot of areas where these products integrate. I see both of these products as important to Microsoft and their interaction points indicate that Microsoft sees benefits from integrating these two solutions. There are two different portals which provide access to Azure, one is for organizations (Windows Azure Active Directory) and one is for Azure applications (Windows Azure Portal). The following is a high level summary of the integration points, what is required for the integration, and links to more detailed articles on the topic:
App Controller: Allows App Controller to deploy applications to the Azure cloud. Details:
Configuration Manager/Endpoint protection: Provides the ability to create a cloud based distribution point for Configuration Manager. Details:
Data Protection Manager: Provides the ability to backup to the cloud from DPM. Details:
Operations Manager: Provides the ability to monitor Azure applications and to use the Azure cloud to perform synthetic transactions to publicly accessible websites. Details:
Orchestrator: There is an integration pack which integrates with Azure to automate actions on Azure applications. Details:
Service Manager: There is no direct integration between these products that I am seeing but there are some indirect integrations. Details:
- I am not currently seeing any integration points defined between Service Manager and Azure. However, Service Manager can gain Configuration Items (CI’s) which are added to it from Operations Manager (among other products). In previous blog posts I have discussed how we can add CI’s for databases, network devices, and even VMware servers. The same concept would apply here with Azure monitored applications so that Azure applications would appear as CI’s in Service Manager. Additionally, Service Manager can call Orchestrator runbooks so the Orchestrator integration pack could be called using Service Manager.
Virtual Machine Manager: There is no direct integration between these products that I am seeing. Details:
- I am not currently seeing any integration points defined between Virtual Machine Manager and Azure. VMM is designed to provide the private cloud not the public cloud so this lack of integration points actually makes sense from that perspective.
Sometimes a graphic helps to bring this all together – the graphic below shows each of these integration points between System Center 2012 and Azure and how they interact directly: