Rivals Microsoft and AWS engage in joint development project for cloud computing

Public cloud rivals Microsoft and AWS have collaborated to help users manage Windows workloads on AWS cloud easily

Public cloud rivals Microsoft and Amazon Web Services (AWS) have collaborated to help users manage Windows workloads on AWS cloud more easily, with Microsoft launching the System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) management pack for AWS.

The tool allows organisations running their Microsoft-based workloads at AWS to monitor their AWS resources directly in the Operations Manager console, eliminating the need for complex management consoles.

It can monitor AWS EC2 instances (Windows and Linux), Elastic Block Store (EBS) volumes, Elastic Load Balancing, CloudFormation stacks, Auto Scaling groups and Elastic Beanstalk applications.

The cloud providers collaborated after seeing a demand from “very large enterprise customers”, Microsoft said in TechNet blog – a Microsoft program and resource for technical information for IT professionals.

Gartner vice-president Chris Wolf called the joint development “good stuff” on Twitter.

The management pack can identify where a problem or error state exists, either in the AWS cloud or the server OS/application running within AWS, said Travis Wright, principal program manager on the Windows Server & System Center engineering team at Microsoft on the blog.

Microsoft customers who have existing Microsoft and Linux based workloads can view and monitor their on-premises and AWS resources together in a SCOM management console.

“This Management Pack for AWS is not simply a product release for AWS,” Wright said. “Rather, it also provides the proof that System Center can extend the rich monitoring, alerting and reporting foundation to manage any application, from any location in any cloud.”

“This ‘proof point’ can enable other opportunities for development and deployment scenarios (provisioning, orchestration, management) for System Center at other service provider clouds,” he added.

The Microsoft management pack for AWS was developed by system integrator VIAcode. 

On the AWS blog, Tom Rizzo, general manager, Amazon EC2 Windows Team said that the management pack “makes running and managing Windows even easier in the AWS environment”.

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