Microsoft announced yesterday the release to manufacturing (RTM) of Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2005, the company's next-generation operations-management server product that will ship in separate versions for enterprises and midsized businesses. The two MOM releases, MOM 2005 and MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition (previously called MOM 2005 Express), feature a host of new capabilities as well as simplified pricing.
"MOM 2005 and MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition provide our broad set of customers with richer monitoring knowledge and analysis tools to ensure that they're getting every dollar from their IT investments," Microsoft Senior Vice President Bob Muglia said. "Before MOM 2005, IT professionals were reactive. Now customers can act ahead of time, improving availability while driving down cost. This improved management is another important step for customers in our \[Dynamic Systems Initiative--DSI\] road map."
MOM 2005 includes a new Microsoft Office Outlook-like Operator Console that provides views of system health, including alerts, diagrams, events, performance, and state. These views help administrators and operators quickly respond to problems or configure the system to automatically respond to events. The MOM 2005 Operator Console is augmented by an improved Administrator Console and a new Web Console, which uses a remotely accessible Web page to provide a subset of the Operator Console's functionality. A new Reporting Console, based on the SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services engine, lets you subscribe to favorite reports and automatically receive new versions of the reports as they change, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft has revamped MOM 2005's pricing to bring the release in line with the company's other server products and simplify purchasing for customers. Instead of paying a per-processor charge, customers can purchase single licenses for their central servers and Operations Management Licenses (OMLs) for each managed device. In the United States, MOM 2005 server licenses will cost $729; a MOM 2005 OML five pack will set you back $2689. MOM 2005 Workgroup Edition, which is limited to 10 devices, costs $499. Both products will ship by mid-September.