If you’re like most people, you’ve faced a maintenance or repair job that was bigger than the tools in your toolbox. Maybe your in-sink disposal got jammed when one of your kids decided it would be a fun place to “blend” their sibling’s favorite miniature stuffed animal? So, you needed a basket wrench to hold the sink basket in place while the big locking nut (below the sink) is turned. Unfortunately, all you have is vice grips and they don’t open wide enough. However, you do have a screwdriver you can jam into the basket, but this slips and “OUCH” – there go the knuckles. In the end, you get the disposal fixed, but it took longer than it should have and was more painful than it needed to be.
Most of the midsize businesses I talk to are looking for better IT management tools to keep their infrastructures up and running. Midsize IT departments, with 1-4 IT “generalists”, typically use a mix of manual processes and some various “point solutions” to manage Servers and keep their IT infrastructures up and running. This is usually because Enterprise IT management solutions are more complex than these companies need and not really priced right for their budgets. In most cases, they’d simply like more comprehensive and better integrated tools so they can spend less time being reactive and more time focusing on making IT a strategic business asset. And…with server virtualization with Hyper-v seeing increasing adoption in midsize IT departments, what about being able to manage those virtual server workloads in addition to the physical stuff in an integrated way?
With today’s announcement of the release to manufacturing (RTM) of System Center Essentials 2010 and Data Protection Manager 2010, Microsoft is providing a unified virtualization and IT management solution that will give midsize businesses the right tools for their IT toolboxes to take control and simplify the complexity of managing their physical and virtual servers, PCs, network devices PLUS seamlessly back-up and restore their critical business data on servers and PCs.
RTM is the final engineering milestone of a product release and it is also an appropriate time to give a big “THANK YOU” to all the partners and customers who have downloaded the beta and RC bits of these products and provided thoughtful feedback that influenced the products and made them yours.
So, go check out SCE 2010 and DPM 2010 and see if they don’t provide a better tools to keep your IT infrastructure up and running – and save those IT “knuckles” some scrapes!
(BTW, here’s a SCE 2010 review on www.Toolzz.com. Coincidence? I think not…)
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This is great news - we are very excited about both releases and are looking forward to leveraging both products.
Great news indeed, hope it lives up to the hype.
It sounds a little bloated to me from the description, please don't loose sight of the mid sized institutions that simply need to backup exchange, sharepoint, file systems and servers.
hey zag - first, thanks for reading my post! If I understand your comment, and based on how I describe the solution in my blog, I can see where it could be perceived as "bloat", or as I like to call it "full-featured." :-) You are right on the money describing many mid sized institutions simply needing the basics. We're definitely sensitive to that need for simplicity, so we've made a point of providing the basics, but also the ability to easily use even more rich functionality, if needed or as the company's IT needs get a little more sophisticated (like virtualization adoption). I'd definitely like to hear feedback if you want to download the evals at the links about and give them a try!
Great post, I often feel like many of the tasks
I do online are like grunt work, and like you I agree
it was not the way I wanted to run an online business,
I wanted everything more easy and automated.
The 2 out 3 rule sounds good to me, I will be implementing that now,
I was never sure what ratio to use for mailings.
I have tried, failed and gave up, but now I am back to try again,
with a new passion so hopefully I can find the way that works for me this time,
thanks for this post, it really helped me
Any idea when these tools will be on TechNet for download?
If you're asking about SCE 2010 eval bits for download, they're on TechNet right here: technet.microsoft.com/.../ee470677.aspx