REDMOND, Wash., Aug. 25, 2004 — Microsoft Corp. today reached another milestone in its Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI) with the release to manufacturing of Microsoft®
Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 and MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition (previously named MOM 2005 Express). These products further deliver on the DSI vision of simplifying and automating the way enterprise and midmarket businesses design, deploy and operate distributed systems by increasing operational efficiency and helping customers maximize their IT investments.
MOM 2005 and MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition reduce the complexity of application management for IT professionals and deliver faster return on investment through simplified deployment and ease of use and the provision of next-generation application knowledge.
“MOM 2005 and MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition provide our broad set of customers with richer monitoring knowledge and analysis tools to ensure that they’re getting every dollar from their IT investments,” said Bob Muglia, senior vice president at Microsoft. “Before MOM 2005, IT professionals were reactive. Now customers can act ahead of time, improving availability while driving down cost. This improved management is another important step for customers in our DSI road map.”
“Our bank had an immediate need to manage our newly deployed terminal server farm and our growing server base without increasing our staff,” said Shai Ofek, lead systems engineer for the Distributed Systems Group at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corp. “MOM 2005 offers us an end-to-end solution and is now an integral part of every server deployment. We are now able to manage over 400 servers with only five dedicated people. The new MOM 2005 has proved to be invaluable to our organization.”
MOM 2005 Reduces Complexity, Delivers Next-Generation Knowledge
MOM 2005 provides IT professionals with easier setup and implementation through simple deployment wizards and automated tasks for targeting management packs across the system. MOM 2005 also includes an integrated framework that provides Web-services-based interconnection with other management systems already in place and a new console that provides a view of the systems’ health and access to the integrated reporting server.
MOM 2005 helps IT administrators turn management data into actions with next-generation knowledge provided through new management packs. The management packs allow customers to generate in-depth reports, reduce their resolution time, remotely manage their servers, and take advantage of capabilities to manage Web-services-based applications.
The new version of MOM offers unique built-in security features, such as the capability to mutually authenticate agents and servers, which is designed to help protect organizations from misuse of the management system.
A broad range of vendors are providing customers with hardware solutions and software applications to maximize the benefits of MOM 2005. These include Aprisma, BindView Corp., Dell Inc., eXc Software, HP, JalaSOFT Corp., MetiLinx Inc., Motive Inc., NetIQ Corp., NetPro Computing Inc., Opalis Software Inc., Quest Software Inc., Silect Software Inc., Skywire Software, Tidal Software Inc. and VERITAS Software Corp.
MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition
MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition offers unparalleled price and performance for midmarket (with up to 10 servers) customers. MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition offers midmarket companies a new level of functionality not previously affordable and is fully upgradeable to MOM 2005. Customers can begin receiving value from MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition within hours through a seamless setup experience.
Simplified Pricing and Licensing
Licensing for MOM 2005 has been simplified to be consistent with similar Microsoft products such as Systems Management Server 2003. Customers can purchase a license for their central server and an Operations Management License (OML) for each MOM 2005-managed device. Estimated retail pricing for MOM 2005 and MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition is listed here:
MOM 2005 Server License: $729 (U.S.)
MOM 2005 OML five pack: $2,689 (U.S.)
MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition (manages up to 10 devices): $499 (U.S.)
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Industry Support for Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 RTM
“Microsoft and Aprisma share the common goal of helping enterprises align their IT operations with their business objectives, while at the same time reducing the cost and complexity of managing their systems. We are pleased that Microsoft recognizes our expertise in the root cause analysis and network management space. We’re honored to provide technology solutions for MOM 2005 that align with Microsoft’s Dynamic Systems Initiative.”
Mike Fabiaschi, President and CEO, Aprisma
“At no point in time have organizations around the world placed more resources and corporate scrutiny on IT security and compliance. With strategic dependence upon IT systems and the requirement to meet regulatory due care requirements, BindView is working with Microsoft to provide organizations with increased insight into the configuration and controls of their business-critical IT infrastructures.”
Shekar Ayyar, Senior Vice President of Product Marketing, BindView Corp.
“HP is focused on providing customers with the best-managed servers as a foundation for building an Adaptive Enterprise. With our ProLiant and Integrity server lines, HP delivers the most complete lineup of x86–32, x86–64 and IA64 platforms, with embedded manageability that reduces demands on IT resources and maximizes return on investment. Building on our widely adopted integration between HP Systems Insight Manager and Microsoft MOM 2000, HP and Microsoft are working together to deliver a new management pack that will further complement and extend MOM 2005 with in-depth hardware life-cycle management for HP ProLiant and Integrity servers. Combined with the MOM product connectors that Microsoft has developed for OpenView Operations and Network Node Manager, this management pack will enable our mutual customers to take advantage of well-integrated HP and Microsoft platforms to develop adaptive and manageable business solutions, improve the availability of enterprisewide applications and heterogeneous infrastructure resources, and increase the operational efficiency of IT staff.”
Paul Miller, Vice President, Industry Standard Server Marketing, Enterprise Storage and Servers Business Unit, Hewlett-Packard Co.
“We believe MOM 2005 will be the leader in infrastructure management. We have committed all our engineering resources in MOM 2005 since late 2002 to provide Microsoft Operations Manager monitoring capabilities for the network layer filling this critical gap.”
Jorge Lopez, Chief Executive Officer, JalaSOFT Corp.
“All enterprise datacenters are heterogeneous, and all datacenter managers can see the cost benefit and flexibility of utility computing. The MetiLinx Connector for MOM 2005 allows heterogeneous datacenter managers to take advantage of new MOM 2005 features for managing Linux, UNIX and Windows NT®
4 environments. And, more important, it gives these customers a platform to rapidly build toward a heterogeneous real-time utility computing environment today.”
Larry Ketchersid, Executive Director, MetiLinx Inc.
“The pervasiveness of technology products and services in our everyday lives, and the degree to which we depend on them, requires technology to become more self-managing. The combination of our new application management products and MOM 2005 helps customers achieve this goal, improving the performance of their technology investments while reducing labor costs.”
Scott Harmon, CEO, Motive Inc.
“We are pleased to work with Microsoft to help customers reduce the cost and complexity of managing and securing enterprise systems. NetIQ’s inside knowledge of MOM and collaboration with the MOM development team allow us to offer comprehensive breadth of functionality in extending MOM 2005 to non-Windows®
application and systems.”
David Pann, Vice President of Product Management and Marketing for Systems Management, NetIQ
“As a leading provider of management software for distributed services, NetPro has long recognized the need to MOM-enable our products. We are one of the leading MOM Management Pack vendors today, and we will continue to ensure that our software leverages and extends MOM’s exceptional event and performance management capabilities. In fact, NetPro’s two most recent releases, ChangeAuditor for Active Directory®
and MissionControl for MIIS (Microsoft Identity Integration Server 2003), feature support for MOM. We applaud the arrival of MOM 2005 and look forward to maintaining our strong partnership with the MOM team and Microsoft as a whole.”
Kevin Hickey, President and CEO, NetPro Corp.
“OpalisRobot is currently being used in many large Microsoft enterprise IT shops to automate critical maintenance procedures that support applications and the system infrastructure. Our OpalisRobot CAP for MOM allows our customers to have MOM control the automation of system tasks, as well as bridge MOM to the many other tools and management systems in their environment.”
Scott Broder, CEO, Opalis Software Inc.
“MOM 2005 offers invaluable support in helping IT professionals manage their Windows infrastructure for improved system availability and accountability. Quest Software is pleased to provide products that build on this foundation with in-depth management capabilities in specific areas. The combination of MOM 2005 and Quest’s software will equip our customers for success like never before.”
Aggie Haslup, Vice President Product Management and Marketing, Quest Software Inc.
“Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 is a significant step forward for the Microsoft management product family. Many of our customers will be deploying MOM 2005 immediately as the benefits are compelling, and we are pleased to announce that Health Reporter supports this new version of Microsoft Operations Manager. Health Reporter makes it possible for organizations to attain an even higher return on their investment in Microsoft management technologies. Further, we view MOM 2005 as a key component in our quest to automate the management of Windows datacenters.”
Harold Dyck, President, Silect Software Inc.
“Companies that desire a fast, comprehensive integration point between MOM 2005 and one or more systems select iWave Integrator because of its bidirectional capabilities, security components and the comfort of knowing they have a supported integration solution offered by an experienced team. With iWave Integrator, businesses can integrate MOM 2005 with more than 25 help desk and enterprise management systems across multiple operating systems.”
Brent Rhymes, General Manager, iWave Integrator, Skywire Software
“Microsoft has done a superb job of enhancing, securing and scaling Microsoft Operations Manager 2005, which is enabling a lot of new functionality in our own Horizon for SAP product. The combination of MOM 2005 and Horizon for SAP is now the best solution available for managing corporate SAP landscapes, regardless of whether SAP is running on Windows or UNIX. Our partnership with Microsoft has enabled us to exploit the new MOM 2005 functionality while more rapidly delivering the enhanced Horizon product to the marketplace. Customers can now benefit from being able to manage their enterprise computing environments more cost-effectively than ever.”
Flint Brenton, President and CEO, Tidal Software Inc.
“Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 helps customers reduce the complexity of managing their Windows environment. As the only data protection solution integrated with this new Microsoft release, the VERITAS Backup Exec Management Pack for MOM allows users to monitor the health of Backup Exec software and check the status of backup jobs. It also provides recommendations for problem resolution through one simplified, consolidated console. Together, these solutions help simplify the management of business critical data for our mutual customers.”
Glenn Groshans, Director, Product Marketing, VERITAS Software