Microsoft expands cloud management licensing to include on-premises tools too

Microsoft Monday announced that customers can now purchase a joint licensing agreement for its cloud-based Operations Management Suite and its on-premises Systems Center infrastructure manager.

Packaging these separate but related management platforms will encourage customers to use public cloud resources and make it easier to manage hybrid clouds.

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Operations Management Suite (OMS) is hosted by Microsoft as software as a service (SaaS), and can be used to manage any combination of Windows and Linux-based on-premises virtual or physical infrastructure, plus Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Service’s public cloud resources.