Microsoft Announces Industry-Leading ISV Support for Management Technologies

SAN DIEGO — April 26, 2006 — Today at the Microsoft Management Summit 2006 (MMS 2006), Microsoft Corp. highlighted its momentum with industry-leading independent software vendors (ISVs) including BMC Software Inc., CA, Citrix Systems Inc., CommVault, Full Armor Corp. and Quest Software Inc. These ISVs have integrated their management solutions to extend the value of the Microsoft® platform for the benefit of customers. The technologies featured at MMS 2006, including extensions to System Center technologies such as Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003 and Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, are designed to help simplify management of today’s complex and dynamic IT environments. Microsoft and its ISV partners are seeing broad adoption of the Microsoft management technologies among customers, signaling strong industry momentum for the Microsoft platform in the infrastructure and management space.

“Enterprise customers are increasingly demanding solutions to simplify their IT environments and increase the flexibility and value of their infrastructures,” said Robert Bernard, general manager of the Global ISV team at Microsoft. “Microsoft is proud to work with these industry-leading ISVs, which bring world-class management solutions that reduce the complexity of managing an enterprise IT environment.”

“Managing the enterprise IT environment and maximizing the value of IT investments is becoming increasing complex,” said Jeff Hiris, systems manager at the Brown University Center for Gerontology and Health Care Research. “Working together, Quest Software and Microsoft are able to provide customers with a cost-effective platform and solutions to better manage, secure and store data, and speed productivity within the enterprise.”

Industry-Leading ISVs Deliver Applications on the Microsoft Platform

These ISVs have announced they will deliver the following applications built on the Microsoft platform:

  • BMC Identity Management for .NET. “The BMC Identity Management for .NET solution solves a critical identity management problem by leveraging Microsoft’s key identity management technologies such as Active Directory® and Microsoft Identity Integration Server,” said Bob Worner, director of Identity Management at BMC Software. “Customers relying on Windows Server™ infrastructure need enterprise-class identity management to help address their security and compliance needs. BMC’s Business Service Management strategy allows customers to manage IT infrastructure from a business perspective including management of Microsoft technology deployed in datacenters around the world.” BMC Software is a leading provider of enterprise identity and management solutions that empower companies to manage their IT infrastructure from a business perspective. 

  • CA Unicenter Asset Management and CA Unicenter Service Management. “The integration of CA Unicenter Asset Management and CA Unicenter Service Management with Microsoft Systems Management Server enables customers to maximize their investments in the Microsoft management technologies by unifying core service management processes across heterogeneous enterprise infrastructures,” said Allan Andersen, director of product management for Business Service Optimization at CA. “These operational efficiencies are essential for meeting the growing demands of the business within existing budget and staffing constraints.” CA is one of the world’s largest IT management software providers.

  • Citrix Integration with SMS ITCU. “Citrix is hugely committed to both Microsoft and to the customers that run their businesses on the Microsoft platform. We are always looking for ways to add value to these customers while simplifying their experience as users,” said David Jones, corporate vice president of business development for Citrix Systems, Inc. “When we saw the enhanced capabilities of the Inventory Tool for Custom Updates in SMS 2003 R2, it was an easy decision for us to ensure full compatibility integration with this release for all upgrades and patches for Citrix Presentation Server 4.0. In addition, last year we announced a new initiative around Application Streaming called ‘Project Tarpon.’ Project Tarpon will further benefit customers by delivering an application isolation environment (AIE) for SMS that prevents conflicts between applications on desktops and enables customers to pre-deploy Tarpon application packages via SMS — greatly speeding delivery over complex networks to branch offices.” Citrix Systems is a global leader in on-demand access.

  • CommVault support for Virtual Server 2005. “Our support for Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 is another example of how CommVault continues to offer increased customer value for users of Microsoft technology,” said Randy De Meno, chief evangelist for CommVault. “We’ve recently seen a dramatic increase in deployments of Virtual Server 2005, and we are excited to deliver support for Virtual Server 2005 to our customers.” CommVault is a leading provider of data management software applications and related services.

  • FullArmor GPAnywhere. “GPAnywhere for SMS 2003 enables enterprises to extract greater value from their Systems Management Server deployments by extending SMS 2003 with the capability to define and apply Group Policy settings on endpoints outside of Active Directory,” said Rich Farrell, CEO of FullArmor. “SMS 2003 has a large and growing installed base of enterprise customers, which represents a significant market opportunity for this new product.” Founded in 1987, FullArmor has grown to be a leading provider of Group Policy management software.

  • Quest Management Xtensions. “Quest Management Xtensions for MOM plugs into and expands the monitoring and performance tool Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) to include Linux and Unix servers, giving IT departments a centralized console for monitoring their server environments,” said Dave Wilson, vice president of product management at Quest Software. “We are seeing broad use of the Microsoft platform among our customers, and our relationship with Microsoft helps to extend the value of our customers’ investment in these technologies.” Quest Software delivers innovative products that help organizations get more performance and productivity from their applications, databases and Windows® infrastructure.

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