You’re Working Too Hard

6/13/2013

Did you ever have the feeling that you are doing the same mundane tasks day after day?  Then the only break you get from those tasks is when something goes horribly wrong and you are up all night putting out fires?

Welcome to IT…in 2011.

It’s time for you to take bold steps to lead your company to IT heaven!  Its 2013 my friends and last year Microsoft released the System Center 2012 suite.  Your life is about to change, if you let it.  Those who don’t start using this suite and taking advantage of its capabilities will end up going the way of people who created vinyl records for a living.

So, what is the secret?  The cloud.  More specifically the private cloud.  Hosted in your data center, on your premises and managed by your cloud experts.  No security concerns here, your data is your data.  Although frankly a properly vetted public cloud provider should really have security down pat.

Using the System Center 2012 products and creating your private cloud can yield to you the wonderful gift of time.  Here is a quick example.  Many organizations bring in new hires.  The new employees go through HR for processing, forms are filled out, and basic orientation occurs.  Then the information about the new hire is given to IT where someone on the IT team creates the user account, adds it to the correct groups and Organizational Unit (OU) and enters the demographic information.  Depending on the current level of your company some of this process may be partially automated.

Now imagine the same scenario, but this time the HR person enters the information about the new hire in a simple web form.  At that point all of the relevant data is processed and passed through the HR system AND the System Center suite.  The Active Directory account is created, placed in the correct OU and groups and all account details are filled out.  In addition the home directory is created and permissions set for the user.  This is the power of automation with the System Center suite in your private cloud.  Or perhaps you’d like to monitor critical servers for service failures.  If the service fails it is automatically restarted and the relevant people are notified of the event.  If it doesn’t restart an incident ticket is automatically created and assigned to the correct group, who are then notified.  Maybe you’d like to create a series of virtual machines for a department, but aren’t sure how many will be needed over time.  As the requirements grow new virtual machines can be created on the fly, based on limits which you pre-configured.  Or users can request new virtual machines and you can have an approval process in place to have one or more folks sign off on the change.  Maybe you’d like to track details on your routers and switches, even including processor utilization.  It would help to know when a router needs to be replaced because it just can’t keep up with your growth.

Frankly, if you aren’t using the System Center suite and your own private cloud you are working too hard.  At least on mundane, repetitive activities.  🙂

Want to learn how you can do these tasks and many more?  Check out our new classes, Monitoring and Operating a Private Cloud with System Center 2012 and Private Cloud Configuration and Deployment with System Center 2012.