This is a pretty significant acquisition. Opalis offers some great IT automation processes that snaps right into key pieces of System Center today (OpsMgr and ConfigMgr) as well as maintains several Integration Packs for some of the most popular ticketing systems and other management systems.
In EDU, I have not had many opportunities to engage with folks using Opalis’ solutions and I believe it may have been because the cost of acquisitioning the Opalis solution may have been out of reach for many. Well, that is now all about to change!!!
Check out this site for more details: http://www.microsoft.com/pathways/opalis/