SCOM stands for Microsoft Systems Center Operations Manager. First introduced in 2007, SCOM is designed to enable a high level of visibility into the health, performance and availability of all of your database environments with a single, easy to use interface. SCOM was developed from the ground up to work across applications, operating systems, hypervisors and hardware.

The original turn of the century version of SCOM was called Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM). However, SCOM is not just an update of SCOM. It was designed from a fresh code base and offers many new features.

Native SCOM only comes with a limited set of mainly OS-related monitoring services. You can, however, significantly extend the functionality of SCOM by importing management packs that define how SCOM monitors systems.  Management packs make it possible to comprehensively monitor SQL Server, SharePoint, Apache, Tomcat, SAP, VMware and SUSE Linux environments. MPs are essentially a set of filtering rules specifically designed for each platform.

Application and server management industry leader Idera released their highly-regarded SQL Diagnostic Manager Management Pack for Microsoft SCOM in June 2013.

Installing Idera’s SQL DM Management Pack adds a full set of SQL Server performance metrics to the System Center console.  This makes it possible for both DBAs and IT operations to comprehensively monitor all SQL Server environments directly from the System Center console. Using Idera’s SQL DM MP means you no longer have to purchase and maintain a separate monitoring system to have complete visibility into the health and performance of your SQL Server applications.