Microsoft Improves Resource and Application Management In Server Consolidation Scenarios

REDMOND, Wash., Feb. 25, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. today announced it has licensed an industry-proven resource management tool to be offered with the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Datacenter Server product line, representing its continued investment in the Windows Datacenter Program. Active Resource Management Technology (ARMTech) for the Windows operating system will assist enterprise customers in managing mission- and business-critical workloads, enabling maximum server productivity and lowering total cost of ownership (TCO). ARMTech for Windows is an active resource management tool that helps allocate, control and monitor Windows operating system resource use. ARMTech for Windows will be available at no additional charge to Windows 2000 Datacenter Server customers and can be obtained directly from Microsoft or through authorized Windows Datacenter Partners.

“The addition of the ARMTech for Windows tool represents one of a series of ongoing investments Microsoft continues to make in the enterprise,”
said Peter Conway, senior director of the Windows .NET Product Management Group at Microsoft.
“With this offering, we are providing an important resource management tool required by our customers, with greater functionality and a lower price point than other resource management tool vendors deliver.”

Server consolidation is one of the
most important issues our clients are facing,”
said Thomas Bittman, vice president and research director for Gartner Research.
“Consolidation and effective resource management within a single operating system image can dramatically reduce TCO and improve enterprise flexibility.”

ARMTech for Windows was licensed from Aurema Inc. for distribution with Windows 2000 Datacenter Server. Aurema has extensive experience in developing resource management capabilities and has applied this knowledge to the ARMTech for Windows product.

“The robust system management capabilities of ARMTech offer users of Windows an unprecedented level of control of critical server resources, enabling maximum system utilization without compromising application performance,”
said Richard Osborne, president and CEO of Aurema.
“Deploying ARMTech for Windows in today’s demanding client-server and Internet-based computing environments will deliver dramatically increased levels of server productivity as well as a significant reduction in operating costs across the enterprise.”

Designed to minimize resource contention and provide a foundation for server consolidation in enterprise environments and large server populations running mission- and business-critical workloads, ARMTech brings new levels of productivity, efficiency and reliability to Windows-based server environments. The ARMTech for Windows tool offers customers improved allocation of available resources, ensuring that prioritized applications receive the resources they need.

In scenarios in which multiple departments or applications need to run on a single server and resource contention becomes a factor, ARMTech implements policies to ensure maximum server productivity.

By offering ARMTech to Unisys ES7000 customers, we continue to deliver on our commitment to provide
the processor control our customers need when consolidating large-scale applications onto our servers,”

Steven Jones,

director of CMP Program Management at Unisys Corp.
“This builds on our promise to help our customers better manage their business-critical workloads and reduce their total cost of operations.”

ARMTech for Windows will be available via download from Microsoft at . Aurema will provide 30 days of support at no charge. After 30 days, support may be purchased directly from Aurema. Authorized Windows Datacenter Partners will offer the tool; customers can contact their OEM for more support information.

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