Microsoft said during its Management Summit today in San Diego that its System Center Operations Manager 2007 management application will be available this April 1.
The software, which has evolved from what Microsoft used to call Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, offers intelligent network monitoring and reporting for Microsoft platforms and applications.
The software competes with products from IBM (Quote), HP, CA and BMC in the multi-billion-dollar market for software that governs application operations.
Specifically, Operations Manager 2007 can be used to automate routine administration to improve service levels, increase efficiencies and achieve greater control of the IT environment.
But according to Eric Berg, director of product management for Microsoft System Center, the product has also been developed to help customers get more than simple cost savings out of their IT infrastructure.
"These tools allow customers to use IT as a strategic differentiator for their businesses," he
The application has also been reconfigured to allow customers to assign roles to various IT administrators, thereby limiting access to some services and improving network security.
According to Bob Muglia, Microsoft's senior vice president of server and business tools, Operations Manager 2007 is the first element in the company's overarching Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI).
"The products we are releasing and those in the pipeline, together with the collaboration with our industry partners, will yield tremendous value for our customers in terms of management efficiency and agility," he said during a speech at the event.
In related management software news, Microsoft agreed to license EMC Corp.'s Smarts network discovery and health monitoring technology for future versions of Operations Manager. The agreement further strengthens Microsoft's relationship with EMC.
EMC and Microsoft are also co-developing a new cross-domain behavioral model that will help customers pinpoint the root cause of problems that affect services.
In addition, Microsoft, EMC and Cisco announced that they have entered into a three-way collaboration to simplify network-related tasks and resources through the use of the Service Modeling Language (SML), which they submitted for review by the W3C last week.
The companies are creating a set of network common models to enable automation, provisioning, management and monitoring of datacenter operations, and to encapsulate knowledge of products and resources from all three vendors in easily reusable models.
Tomorrow, Microsoft will announce the release to manufacturing of Systems Management Server Service Pack 3 (SP3), which will include technology from AssetMetrix acquired last summer. According to Berg, SP3 helps customers catalog their software assets for compliance purposes.
In addition, the first public beta of Microsoft System Center Service Manager offering will be available in 30 days.