Feeds

Less Office, more family for Microsoft DSI program

Microsoft outlines management roadmap

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

HP ProLiant Gen8: Integrated lifecycle automation

Microsoft is switching gears on its autonomic computing strategy with plans for a suite of Windows server and systems management products.

Speaking on the two-year anniversary of its Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI), Microsoft said Tuesday the planned System Center product will now become the "overarching family name" for its systems management products rather than an "independent product".

The suite will include the popular Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005 and Systems Management Server (SMS) 2003, and three new products.

Microsoft said it this year plans System Center Reporting Manager 2005, System Center Data Protection Manager 2006, and System Center Capacity Manager 2006.

Speaking at the Microsoft Engineering Summit 2005 in Las Vegas, Kirill Tatarinov, vice president for the Windows and enterprise management division, cited "customer feedback" for the change.

At Microsoft's summit last year, Bob Muglia, senior vice president for the Windows server division, equated System Center with Microsoft's Office desktop productivity suite - with MOM, SMS and other tools taking the part of Word, Excel etc.

Tatarinov used this year's event to outline the architectural direction for SMS and MOM. The next version of SMS and MOM will use System Definition Model (SDM), a model-based approach devised by Microsoft to detail information about PCs and servers to monitor the configuration of components in an application or service. The next version of MOM will enable users to monitor distributed services.

Microsoft is also taking an IBM-style approach to server and systems management, with plans to encapsulate knowledge about workflows across System Center. According to Tatarinov, customers will receive change and configuration best practices in SMS and greater operational knowledge in MOM. ®

Related stories

MOM grows up as DSI takes off
Autonomic Computing the IBM blueprint
Windows is the 'biggest beta test in history' - Gartner

Top three mobile application threats

More from The Register

next story
Apple fanbois SCREAM as update BRICKS their Macbook Airs
Ragegasm spills over as firmware upgrade kills machines
HIDDEN packet sniffer spy tech in MILLIONS of iPhones, iPads – expert
Don't panic though – Apple's backdoor is not wide open to all, guru tells us
NO MORE ALL CAPS and other pleasures of Visual Studio 14
Unpicking a packed preview that breaks down ASP.NET
Captain Kirk sets phaser to SLAUGHTER after trying new Facebook app
William Shatner less-than-impressed by Zuck's celebrity-only app
Microsoft takes on Chromebook with low-cost Windows laptops
Redmond's chief salesman: We're taking 'hard' decisions
Cheer up, Nokia fans. It can start making mobes again in 18 months
The real winner of the Nokia sale is *drumroll* ... Nokia
Mozilla fixes CRITICAL security holes in Firefox, urges v31 upgrade
Misc memory hazards 'could be exploited' - and guess what, one's a Javascript vuln
EU dons gloves, pokes Google's deals with Android mobe makers
El Reg cops a squint at investigatory letters
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a Defense for Mobile Applications
Learn about the various considerations for defending mobile applications - from the application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.