Gates Discusses New Microsoft Initiatives
- By Scott Bekker
At the Intel Exchange conference today in San Francisco,
chairman and chief software architect Bill Gates announced a
new management solution called Microsoft Operations Manager, a series of standards-based
management interfaces called .NET Management Services, and a partner program
called the Microsoft Management Alliance.
“In today’s enterprise, customers need an environment that
is predictable, reliable, and cost-effective,” said Gates. “Microsoft’s
software, services, and industry partners will provide customers with the most
advanced management technologies for their businesses, and deliver solutions
that take full advantage of the next generation of Internet computing.”
To deliver the operations management solution, Microsoft has
licensed NetIQ Operations Manager, a solution built on Windows-based services.
Microsoft will offer a new operations management product in
2001, focused on the event and performance management of Windows 2000 Server
and the .NET Enterprise Servers, including management of the Active Directory
service, SQL Server, and Exchange Server. While Microsoft continues to develop
its operations management product and offer support for Microsoft products,
NetIQ will develop a range of solutions, including support for non-Microsoft
applications and non-Windows environments.
The .NET Management Services will allow management solutions
to work together easily by writing to industry standards such as the Common
Information Model (CIM) and XML, without the need to integrate with proprietary
frameworks. These services are built into the Windows operating system and
provide core functionality in several areas.
The Microsoft Management Alliance provides developers and
ISVs with development and marketing resources to assist in building
applications on top of the .NET Management Services, thus providing customers
with products that work effectively with the Windows operating system. – Isaac Slepner
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.