Microsoft Unveils New Microsoft Operations Manager 2000, Enterprise-Class Event and Performance Management Of Windows-Based Servers and Applications

LAS VEGAS, May 8, 2001 — At NetWorld+Interop 2001 Las Vegas last night, Microsoft Corp. announced that Microsoft® Operations Manager 2000 (MOM 2000) will be released to manufacturing next month. MOM 2000 provides the comprehensive solution for centralized event and performance management of Windows® 2000-based servers and Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers, including Exchange 2000 Server and SQL Server™
2000.

“For scale-out environments, management is not just important – it’s fundamental, and we’re making it a major area of investment for Microsoft,”
said Cliff Reeves, vice president of Windows.NET Server Product Marketing at Microsoft.
“Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 extends our management portfolio with a best-of-breed solution for managing Windows-based servers and applications in the datacenter.”

Key features and benefits of Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 include the following:

  • Complete event and performance management are accessible from a single, simple-to-understand console that categorizes and prioritizes activities so customers can easily obtain complete overviews of their Windows 2000 environments, including information on the Active Directory™
    service, Internet Information Services (IIS), Exchange Server and SQL Server. Crucial to the enterprise environment, MOM 2000 provides distributed event management, reducing the time it takes an IT administrator to detect and react to critical events.

  • Management packs , built with the knowledge and expertise that Microsoft has acquired about its own best-of-breed solutions, provide event and performance intelligence on Windows- and Microsoft-based applications. Management packs are included with the product and available from third parties, and provide extensive, automatic knowledge about system and application events and how to deal with them. This canned default information makes MOM 2000 easy to set up and deploy with a quicker return on investment than other management systems.

  • Scalable solutions in MOM 2000, which grow as a business grows, provide customers with business agility, information that can quickly be customized to meet the changing needs of business, and a scalable architecture that can manage from just a few servers through many thousand. MOM 2000 has been developed and refined by experts to deliver a complete off-the-shelf solution as well as a strong foundation for more advanced administrators to customize and extend.

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Customers and Developers Praise Microsoft Operations Manager 2000

Key enterprise and datacenter customers that have been testing Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 during the beta cycle value its ability to boost system availability, its support for system planning and analysis, and its ability to cut the time and effort needed to manage systems and applications.

“MOM 2000 allows administrators to collect and view information from one location, monitor servers and applications to prevent problems, and automatically escalate and resolve problems when they do occur,”
said Robin Williams, manager of the Global Management Center engineering group at Data Return Corp.
“Microsoft Operations Manager can reduce the time required to detect and react to critical events from the event log by up to 90 percent, significantly reducing operating costs and increasing customer satisfaction.”
Data Return Corp. is a leading provider of high-availability managed hosting services.

MOM 2000 provides a complementary solution for both Microsoft and third-party management products. MOM 2000 complements Microsoft Systems Management Server, a change and configuration solution, and Microsoft Application Center 2000, a management solution for Web-based applications, providing a comprehensive management offering for the enterprise.

MOM 2000 is interoperable with enterprise management platforms by exposing industry-standard services and interfaces that applications can use, such as SNMP and CIM. NetIQ Corp., Microsoft’s premier ISV for MOM-extending technologies last night announced Extended Management Packs (XMPs), the first in an expected array of third-party add-ons and integration modules that will extend the functionality and value of Microsoft Operations Manager 2000.

“MOM 2000’s ability to co-exist and integrate with non-Windows platforms and applications makes it an ideal solution for third-party extensions,”
said Rick Pleczko, senior vice president of marketing at NetIQ.
“MOM 2000 in conjunction with NetIQ XMPs will enable a heterogeneous management environment from Windows for applications such as Oracle and platforms such as Sun and Novell.”

Pricing and Availability

Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 is scheduled to be available this summer for $849 (estimated retail price) per processor for each managed Windows 2000 Server or Windows NT® Server. This price includes basic management facilities, including support for Active Directory and IIS. The Application Management Pack (which provides information for managing nearly all Microsoft server-based products, including Exchange and SQL Server) is available for an additional $949 (estimated retail price) per processor. Volume pricing options are available under various Microsoft licensing programs.

More information about MOM 2000 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/mom/ .

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