Microsoft Hones Management Initiative with New Products

Yesterday, at the Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Microsoft announced its road map for managing and securing enterprise systems through its Dynamic Systems Initiative (DSI). The initiative will add manageability technology to the company's products over time and help enterprises manage applications throughout their life cycles. Bob Muglia, senior vice president of the Windows Server Division, delivered a keynote address yesterday that highlighted the initiative and announced several new products.
  
"This is an issue where the industry has overpromised and underdelivered while our enterprise customers continue to feel the pain of managing their systems," Muglia said during his address. "Our approach with DSI is to help customers get every dollar out of their IT investments by making software more manageable from the ground up." New Microsoft applications, he said, will include manageability technology from their inception, making them more easily managed.
  
Muglia also announced several new products, including an exciting new version of Microsoft Software Update Services (SUS), the company's free software-deployment tool for small and medium-sized businesses, which will be renamed Windows Update Services. WUS will include new automation and control features and will manage updates for Microsoft SQL Server, Exchange Server, Office 2003, and Office XP, in addition to Windows and Windows Server. The product is scheduled for release late in 2004, but a widely distributed beta version will ship this summer, Microsoft representatives told me. 
  
Other new products announced at the show include Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, the next version of the company's management server, which will provide business-activity monitoring and Web services-management functionality; MOM 2005 Express, a new low-end version of MOM for smaller companies; System Center 2005, an integrated management suite that will combine Microsoft Systems Management Server (SMS) 2004, MOM 2005, and a new reporting engine; and the Device Management Feature Pack, a new SMS 2004 feature pack that will help SMS customers manage and deploy Windows CE-based devices, including Pocket PCs and Windows Mobile-based Smartphones.
  
Most of these new products are currently in beta or will enter beta soon. Microsoft hopes to ship all of them by the end of 2004.

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