Microsoft Announces Availability of Microsoft Operations Manager 2000, Centralized Event and Performance Management Solution

REDMOND, Wash., July 18, 2001 — Microsoft Corp. today announced the general availability of Microsoft® Operations Manager 2000 (MOM), the first version of a comprehensive operations management solution for Windows® 2000-based servers and Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers. Based on customer demand, Microsoft Operations Manager is the latest management offering that builds on Microsofts continued investment in bringing the most advanced end-to-end management solutions for businesses Windows environments.

“Windows manageability is a top priority for Microsoft,”
said David Hamilton, director of product management for management technologies at Microsoft.
“Microsoft Operations Manager helps our customers maintain their mission-critical Windows environments through proactive management of Windows 2000, its Active Directory™ service and Internet Information Services.”

A Robust Solution for Customers

Early adopters have successfully deployed Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 in their datacenters. Avanade Inc., a leading technology integrator with offices worldwide, chose Microsoft Operations Manager to provide centralized visibility into its infrastructure and to minimize system downtime.

“Proactive monitoring is an integral part of our strategy,”
said Steve Sall, IT infrastructure director at Avanade.
“Implementing tools that allow us to plan user impact is extremely important. MOM provides us with valuable insight into the operating system as well as globally distributed consoles. When we do have an outage, we want to know about it immediately to correct it as soon as possible and avoid further problems.”

Beyond the Basics

Out of the box, Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 provides event and performance intelligence to manage and monitor Windows-based servers. It can be customized quickly to meet a businesss changing needs. Taking that knowledge one step further, the Application Management Pack, in beta testing this month, provides extended knowledge for managing Microsoft .NET Enterprise Servers, including Exchange 2000 Server and SQL Server™

An enterprise-class operations management offering, MOM provides a complementary solution for both Microsoft and third-party management products. Microsoft Operations Manager complements Microsoft Systems Management Server, a change and configuration solution, and Application Center 2000, a tool to simplify management and deployment of Web-based applications.

Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 is receiving broad industry support from ISVs that are creating value-added solutions, which extend MOM technology to other enterprise platforms and non-Microsoft applications. By exposing industry-standard services and interfaces, such as the Common Information Model (CIM) and SNMP, MOM 2000 in combination with third-party offerings becomes an effective cross-platform management tool. NetIQ Corp., Microsofts premier ISV for MOM-based solutions, is beta testing an array of its Extended Management Packs (XMPs). Several more ISVs will introduce their solutions over the next few months.

Pricing and Availability

Microsoft Operations Manager 2000 is available 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 Internet Information Services. Volume pricing options are available under various Microsoft licensing programs.

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