Yesterday Microsoft announced key management partnerships with Cisco Systems and EMC/Smarts to help customers monitor their systems, networks, and devices.

Cisco Chief Development Officer Charlie Giancarlo in a video shown during the keynote at Microsoft Management Summit 2007 said that, together, the three vendors will collaborate to break down the management silos that exist inside IT today.

With help from partner EMC, Microsoft announced that it will provide network aware service management capabilities in its Systems Center Operations Manager tool, which has also moved beyond Microsoft-only management.

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eWeek - March 27, 2007