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Cutting to the chase - The Microsoft Management Summit 2008 was held in Las Vegas this past week, and there was some monumental news relayed to the public.  Microsoft has sat on the sideline in the cross-platform game for many years, relying on our partners to extend the reach of our management products to non-MS technology.  No longer - we're stepping on the field and getting in the game directly.  First, Operations Manager Cross Platform Extensions have gone to public beta - this provides OpsMgr support for Sun Solaris, HP-UX, Red Hat, and SUSE Linux (with IBM AIX coming).  How are we doing it?  Well, believe it or not, but we're leveraging open source technology (and industry standards, of course)!  Details on how it's being done can be found in a whitepaper linked in a blog post below:

http://blogs.technet.com/systemcenter/archive/2008/04/29/operations-manager-2007-goes-cross-platform.aspx

The best part is that this functionality will not be delivered as a new version of 'The Product Formerly Known as MOM'...instead, it's coming in Service Pack 2 of OpsMgr 2007.

On the heels of this is the confirmation that the next generation of our Virtual Machine Manager product will provide support for managing Hyper-V and VMWare ESX environments side by side from the same console.  VMWare is widely recognized as being the most mature virtualization platform around (though those of us here at Microsoft think that we're catching up in a big way with Hyper-V)...but it's also the most costly.  Many customers have large VMWare investments already, but are looking to cut costs where it makes sense.  With VMM 2008, you can have a heterogeneous virtualization environment while not hindering manageability.  See for yourself - the public beta is now available!  See this post from our virtualization team for all of the details:

http://blogs.technet.com/virtualization/archive/2008/04/29/system-center-virtual-machine-manager-2008-beta-has-arrived.aspx

Lastly, we have a local New England event coming up for the folks who haven't done any desert gambling recently - The MMS 2008 Northeast District Replay:

Join us for the
Northeast District Replay
Microsoft Management Summit 2008

 

If you were unable to attend the 5 day conference (April 28 – May 2) www.mms-2008.com – this is a great opportunity to hear about the latest in systems management solutions from Microsoft, exchange best practices with your peers, and see our newest technologies.


Northeast District Replay of the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2008 is a one day seminar, which will consist of technical sessions delivered by local Microsoft experts, and will focus on putting the power of Microsoft management solutions to work for your business!

 

Learn about System Center family of management products...

  • System Center Operations Manager 2007
  • System Center Configuration Manager 2007
  • System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007
  • System Center Data Protection Manager 2007
  • And more….

 

You should attend if YOU are responsible for systems management in your company!

Where

Farmington, CT

Microsoft Office

Pondview Corporate Center

74 Batterson Park Rd.

Farmington, CT 06032

Waltham, MA

Microsoft Office

201 Jones Road, 6th Floor

Waltham MA 02451

When

Wednesday, June 4th

Thursday, June 5th

Event ID

1032376502

1032376503

Time

9am – 4pm. A detailed agenda will be provided when you have registered, closer to the date of the event!

I encourage everyone to attend if they can, there will be some great demos and tons of excellent information about all of our latest developments.

Hope to see you there!