We just got out of the Opening keynote at MMS, where Bob Muglia and friends showed some industry changing stuff:
Cross Platform Extensions for Operations Manager, and Virtual Machine Manager 2008. In the demo, they showed an application running on Windows, Linux, and Solaris, with apps running on Apache and IIS, and databases in Oracle, SQL Server, and MySQL. All of the components were managed natively by Operations Manager. One single console managing all those platforms, showing status, reports, and automatically resolving issues. Really cool stuff. We also announced that we're going Open Source with the packages. Yeah, us. Microsoft.
Not content to stop there, in the Virtual Machine Manager demo, they showed how the new VMM console allows you to manage Virtual Server, Hyper-V, and VMWare environments. Anything you can do in the VMWare management console, you can do from VMM, including live migration, plus it utilizes the VMM advisor to help you decide where to move your VMs, and the new PRO tips can even dynamically provision, deploy and move vm's in your environment for you. Awesome!
We have some coverage of these announcements up on Edge, and there's more to come. Here are some links to get you started:
Larry Orecklin is a GM in System Center. He gives a brief "view from the top" of these announcements. If you're short on time, watch this video.
Robert Reynolds is the director of Product Planning for System Center. His video is a little longer, and goes into a little more detail about the standards we're adopting and some of the scenarios these new products enable. His video is a little longer, and you can watch it here.
Barry Shilmover is the cross platform guy in the Operations Manager team. If you want to see cross platform extensions in action, watch this video where Barry takes us through the same demo that was done on stage at MMS. It's all real - no smoke and mirrors here. I saw the racks of equipment myself. (actually, if you saw this video, you've seen the racks too - we just weren't allowed to tell you what they were before today).
If text is more your thing, you can read the official press release here.