Microsoft Announces Strategic Road Map for Enterprise Management

LAS VEGAS, March 18, 2003 — Today at the second annual Microsoft Management Summit, Microsoft Corp. unveiled Microsoft® System Center, the company’s future solution for providing customers with complete application and system management for enterprises of all sizes. Microsoft System Center builds on the company’s Dynamic Systems Initiative, which is designed to deliver simplicity, automation and flexibility in the datacenter across the IT environment. Microsoft System Center will provide a comprehensive solution for proactively managing enterprises of all sizes and driving down the total cost of ownership of the Windows®
platform. Building on unified management infrastructure in Windows, including the System Definition Model (SDM), System Center will provide solutions for enterprise management scenarios, including desktops, laptops, personal digital assistants, applications and servers.

The first delivery of Microsoft System Center will be in the form of a suite that will comprise Microsoft Operations Manager 2004 (MOM 2004) and Systems Management Server 2003. Over time, this suite will evolve into an integrated solution building on all aspects of the Dynamic Systems Initiative, including the new SDM-based architecture.

“Microsoft System Center will enable new and valuable management scenarios for customers who need effective management of everything from the device to the datacenter,”
said Kirill Tatarinov, corporate vice president of the Enterprise Management Division at Microsoft, in his joint keynote address with Brian Valentine, senior vice president for the Windows Division at Microsoft.
“Our goal is to deliver a comprehensive management solution to our enterprise customers, reducing the costs of operating the Windows environment.”

Microsoft System Center will evolve to deliver management solutions for change and configuration management, asset management, end-to-end application management, IT process orchestration, performance trending, reporting, and capacity planning, built on a unified management infrastructure.

“This is a natural evolution from today’s solutions such as Systems Management Server and Microsoft Operations Manager, solutions that we know our customers depend on to keep their enterprise environments up and running,”
Tatarinov said.
“Microsoft System Center is a major step toward bringing management to companies of all sizes by automating processes around IT operations.”

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