System Center Advisor (formerly Microsoft codename "Atlanta") is now available to general public. Initially, Advisor provides support for Windows Server and SQL Server workloads, and Microsoft plans to extend support to additional server products in the near future.
Microsoft revelaed that during the Advisor beta program "6,000 customers registered for the service and Advisor sent 80,000 alerts. Customers are monitoring anything from a single server to over 120 servers within their organizations."
"System Center Advisor is a cloud service hosted on Windows Azure that regularly analyzes your servers' configuration, drawing on the wisdom and experience of Microsoft support staff and its countless interactions with IT professionals to automatically highlight server configuration problems and their solutions for Windows Server and SQL Server," John Allwright, System Center Product Management, stated.
You check for any recommendations by logging into the Advisor portal. You also have the option of email alerts and recommendations delivered directly to your inbox.
If you do need to speak with Microsoft Customer Support, you can choose to allow Microsoft Support Staff access to current and historical configuration data through Advisor to help them resolve your support calls faster.
Adding the team writes, "Advisor builds on the architecture of System Center Operations Manager agents, but you don't have to have Operations Manager installed." "This means we can easily ship support for additional servers through the management pack architecture as we bring more "wisdom" into the cloud."
You can evaluate System Center Advisor now through the 60 day free trial.