Microsoft System Center is one the most popular and versatile products of Microsoft. System Center 2016 was released last year along with Windows Server 2016. It offers a host of new features that enable the transformation of data centers today into cloud computing environments tomorrow.
System Center has many faces: Software updates and patch management
System Center has a track record of success in cloud integrations, support for multiple operating system and overall IT efficiency. Federal News Radio reported in August 2017 that the Millennium Challenge Corporation, a 2000-founded government agency, had spent two-thirds its IT budget on technology systems before it switched to a cloud-centric approach. This transformation is being led by System Center.
It also helped with software updates and patch management that would otherwise have required manual effort. Unpatched systems are a major source of data breaches and are often prime targets of malware. Flexera’s Secunia Research unit discovered that the percentage of unpatched Windows operating system in the United States reached 9.8% in the first quarter 2017, up from 6.5 in the previous year.
Firms that wait to apply patches are at great risk. The report revealed that 81% of all product vulnerabilities identified in 2016 had patches available the same day. This means that most of these threats could be avoided if a patch management system was in place. System Center is a great tool to fill this gap and ensure timely updates.
There are many features within System Center that can streamline patch delivery. The System Center Configuration Manager can be used to set up the Automatic Deployment Rule. This allows you to set up a predefined schedule such as applying all patches available on Microsoft’s Patch Tuesdays each Week.
What’s in System Center 2016
Microsoft has focused System Center 2016 on a simpler installation, greater automation and better support for cloud computing technologies. Microsoft has invested in System Center 2016 to provide monitoring capabilities for both Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure clouds. the top two Infrastructure-as-a-Service solutions in terms of market share and revenue.
System Center 2016 is also compatible with VMware and LAMP stack, which are two important drivers for server virtualization and web app development, respectively. LAMP stands for Linux Apache MySQL PHP. These four open-source components have been a popular and synergistic combination for creating software for a long time.
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