REDMOND, Wash., Jan. 26, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that leading management solutions companies BMC Software Inc., BullSoft, Computer Associates International Inc., Compuware Corp., Hewlett-Packard Co., NetIQ Corp. and Tivoli Systems Inc. support the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 operating system by providing management agents based on Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI).
Windows 2000 allows customers to configure, secure and guarantee services across their networks through its integrated management infrastructure, including the Active Directory TM service, IntelliMirror TM management technologies, Windows Management Instrumentation, Microsoft Management Console (MMC) and Windows Scripting Host (WSH). Specifically, Microsoft WMI provides a consistent, unified, data-driven model that customers can use to manage configuration, status and operational aspects of the Windows 2000 operating system. WMI is Microsoft’s implementation of Web-based enterprise management (WBEM), a set of standards developed by the Distributed Management Task Force (DMTF) to define a consistent way to access and share management information in an enterprise network. With the other management services provided by Windows 2000, WMI can simplify the task of developing well-integrated management applications and provides customers with scalable, effective enterprise management solutions.
“Manageability was a key design goal of Windows 2000, so we built comprehensive management technologies into the platform to lower customers’ total cost of ownership,”
said Deborah Willingham, vice president of Windows Marketing at Microsoft.
“WMI is an important part of the management infrastructure in Windows 2000, designed to help customers easily maintain their environments, and we are pleased with the number of industry leaders supporting this technology.”
BMC Software’s PATROL offers corporate database administrators proactive alerts that notify them of potential trouble far in advance and specialized database and server-tuning capabilities for e-commerce.
“BMC Software is proud to base our solutions on the Windows 2000 platform, which includes Microsoft’s proven WMI infrastructure,” said Bob Kruger, vice president of e-business and Windows NT® -based solutions for BMC Software.
“We are working alongside Microsoft to develop WMI-based solutions for Windows 2000 that enable us to deliver the highest-quality management solutions at a faster pace. In today’s nonstop, ever-changing e-business environment, utilizing the manageability of Microsoft Windows 2000 and its WMI technology will ensure e-business availability and reliability to our customers.”
BullSoft, the software division of Bull, is a leading vendor of secure enterprise and telecommunications management software. OpenMaster and AccessMaster provide customers with complementary management solutions for unified, global security policy and service-level management. Customers can manage and secure their links to the global Internet economy, including e-commerce applications, as confidently as they manage their own enterprise IT resources.
“Windows 2000 delivers centralized and customizable management services that allow customers to configure and deploy enterprisewide Microsoft networks, servers and desktops more easily,”
said Henry Ancona, president of BullSoft.
“We have integrated support for Windows 2000 management services, including WMI, with OpenMaster and AccessMaster so that we can provide enhanced, powerful and secure management solutions to IT departments as well as line-of-business organizations.”
Computer Associates International Inc. (CA) delivers management solutions to support the enterprise deployment of the Windows 2000 platform. These powerful solutions provide comprehensive management capabilities, enabling clients to effectively administer their Windows-based applications as an integral part of their worldwide heterogeneous e-business environments.
“CA is committed to delivering business-focused management solutions that run on, support and manage the world’s leading operating systems, including Windows 2000, which supports business applications and enterprise platforms,”
said Ken Farber, senior vice president of worldwide strategic alliances at CA.
“Unicenter TNG integrates and extends the basic management functions that WMI provides. Our powerful combination enables our mutual enterprise customers using or planning to migrate to Windows 2000 to integrate and easily manage all elements of their e-business operations within and across their heterogeneous enterprises.”
Compuware’s EcoSYSTEMS solution monitors the health and availability of e-commerce applications running in Windows 2000 Server-based environments. EcoTOOLS consolidates Windows 2000-based application performance events from EcoSCOPE-Compuware’s network perspective solution for trouble-shooting and analyzing application performance. The integrated solutions combine Windows 2000-based application performance monitoring and capacity planning to bring the application life cycle full circle for users of EcoSYSTEMS and Windows 2000.
“Our EcoSYSTEMS solution helps guarantee the availability and performance of critical business applications being migrated from Windows NT 4.0 and other platforms to Windows 2000,”
said Frank Slootman, vice president, EcoSYSTEMS at Compuware.
“Leveraging the strength of our development effort with Microsoft and Windows 2000-based technologies such as WMI, the combined solution of Windows 2000 and EcoSYSTEMS offers superior management for e-commerce and other applications.”
HP OpenView is a leading management solution for multivendor distributed computing environments. Together with offerings from more than 200 HP partners, HP OpenView provides an extensive portfolio of management solutions on all major platforms. HP OpenView also offers a comprehensive service and support program for assistance throughout the product life cycle.
“Manageability is a key criterion for an organization’s success in the enterprise market. As a leading provider of enterprise management solutions, HP recognizes our customers’ desire to manage their heterogeneous environments from a Windows-based platform,”
said Juergen Rottler, acting general manager of HP’s OpenView Software Business Unit.
“OpenView, which is built on Windows 2000 and WMI, provides the scalability and reliability that our-mission critical customers require.”
NetIQ Corp. is a leading provider of e-business infrastructure management software that lets organizations optimize the performance and availability of their Windows NT- and Windows 2000-based systems and applications. AppManager Suite provides comprehensive monitoring of more than 30 Windows NT- and Windows 2000-based systems and applications, including Microsoft Exchange Server TM , Microsoft SQL Server TM , Microsoft Internet Information Services, Citrix, Oracle and SAP R/3.
“NetIQ is firmly committed to helping customers improve the management of their critical applications running in data centers and e-business environments,”
said Ching-Fa Hwang, president and CEO at NetIQ.
“The NetIQ AppManager Suite provides customers with the ability to incorporate the latest Windows management services such as WMI and Terminal Services into their existing environments with the goal of helping customers fully exploit the management benefits of Windows 2000.”
Tivoli Systems Inc. provides open, highly scalable and cross-platform IT management solutions for networks, systems, applications and business-to-business e-commerce. Leading companies around the world use Tivoli software and Tivoli Ready products to reduce the cost and complexity of managing IT resources.
“Tivoli’s NetView 5.1 was the first WMI-enabled application on the market. We are continuing our lead with Tivoli Distributed Monitoring for the Windows 2000 platform,”
said David Murphy, senior vice president, Tivoli Systems.
“By making optimal use of the native capabilities provided by Windows 2000 and incorporating Tivoli’s management expertise and insights as prepackaged knowledge, the overall effort and cost associated with both implementing and managing Windows 2000 can be reduced, providing quicker time to value.”
About Windows 2000
Windows 2000 is an ideal platform for the next generation of business computing and addresses the full range of customers’ computing needs, from laptops and desktops to high-end, clustered servers. The operating system helps organizations Internet-enable their business with a reliable, manageable infrastructure that is optimized for existing and emerging hardware. More information about Windows 2000 is available at http://www.microsoft.com/windows2000/ .
General availability of Windows 2000 Professional, Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server is scheduled to begin Feb. 17, 2000. Windows 2000 Datacenter Server is expected to be available approximately 90 to 120 days later.
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