System Center Capacity Planner 2006 Beta release is now available

We are proud to announce public availably of the latest addition to the Microsoft System Center family of management products.

System Center Capacity Planner 2006 (Beta) delivers state of the art easy-to-use modeling technology to bring unprecedented functionality and flexibility to the process of performance analysis and planning of system deployments of Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 and Operations Manager 2005 by providing the IT professional with the tools and guidance required to architect a deployment in the most efficient manner, while facilitating future planning by allowing for "what-if" analysis.

Customers and System Integrators can create green-field deployment plans for Exchange Server 2003 and Microsoft Operations Manager 2005.  Capacity Planner prescribes a System Architecture Model based on best practices, and explains the model in terms of topology, hardware configuration and software configuration.  Simulation is run on the System Architecture Model to provide rich reports on utilization and end-to-end latency.  A graphical editing surface allows customization of the model and experimentation with what-if scenarios to alleviate performance bottlenecks and improve end-user experience.  A hardware editor allows creation and customization of computer systems at the level of processor and storage devices.

This Beta is for evaluation use only and is shared to enable our customers and partners to become more familiar with the product and provide valuable feedback to ensure we deliver a winning product to the market.

We look forward to receive valuable feedback on this new product.  Please encourage your Customers/Partners to download the product, work with it, and openly share their thoughts with us

The Beta is available for download at:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=B68C06A5-8949-4A3F-9685-21228DBE8A0E&displaylang=en

Please provide feedback at:

http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=128

To learn more about System Center Capacity Planner please go to http://microsoft.com/windowsserversystem/systemcenter/evaluation/capacity/default.mspx