System Center is really a suite of products, but one of them is Operations Manager and the new R2 version, which is set to be released to beta later this month (fingers crossed), quite literally is going to take network monitoring by storm.
Out of the box, System Center Operations Manager (SCOM) in the past used to really only work well with Microsoft products and had a quirky way, at best, to add, alter and update management packs. Well, that’s all about to change. With the R2 release, System Center will (in-built) reliably monitor:
SUSE 9 & 10
RHEL 4 & 5
Solaris SPARC 8, 9, 10
HP UX 11iv2 and iv3
AIX 5.3 and 6.1
Also, there are many other add ons and features which will add to the overall capabilities of System Center. Watch this space and be prepared to be taken by storm, the System Center storm!