HOPKINTON, Mass., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- EMC Corporation
(NYSE: EMC -
News), the world
leader in information infrastructure solutions, and Microsoft Corp.
(NASDAQ "MSFT") today announced a network management technology
licensing agreement and a broader technology collaboration -
combining the market's leading solutions for network and systems
management for delivery of network- aware, end-to-end service
management. The two companies unveiled the alliance, today at the
Microsoft Management Summit (MMS) 2007 in San Diego, CA.
Key to the announcement, Microsoft is licensing EMC® Smarts®
network discovery and health monitoring technology to be included
in a future version of Microsoft® System Center Operations Manager,
the company's award-winning solution for end-to-end service
monitoring in the enterprise IT environment. Additionally, EMC is
also developing value-added network management and root- cause
analysis management packs to be used in conjunction with both
current and future versions of System Center Operations
Delivering against the initial phase of this agreement, EMC
today is announcing the EMC Smarts Connector for Microsoft System
Center Operations Manager 2007. This two-way connector enables
Smarts to share network discovery, topology and root-cause events
with Operations Manager and for Operations Manager to synchronize
alert status and resolution back to EMC Smarts technology -- thus
allowing customers to leverage the benefits of a closely integrated
network and systems management suite for service availability
today. The connector will be generally available in May 2007.
"System Center Operations Manager gives customers an integrated,
end-to- end service management solution that helps increase
efficiency and allows for greater control of the IT environment,"
said Bob Muglia, Senior Vice President of the Server and Tools
Business at Microsoft. "By integrating EMC's market- leading
network management technology into Operations Manager and
collaborating with EMC to develop a new cross-domain behavioral
model that will enhance our management pack schema, we are able to
give customers a true network-aware service management solution and
improve operations management across disparate devices and systems
to help pinpoint the root cause of service-affecting problems."
Taking the agreement one step further, EMC and Microsoft are
collaborating on the co-development of a cross-domain behavioral
model in the context of Operations Manager to improve IT operations
management across disparate devices and systems. The companies are
committed to driving industry standards which enhance
interoperability and simplify management in today's complex
information infrastructures. Leveraging these co-developed models,
Operations Manager customers will be able to determine the root
cause of service issues across the modeled infrastructure.
Additionally, the large ecosystem of Operations Manager partners
can add to these models to broaden visibility and control to new
devices, services, and applications resulting in lower management
costs and reduced complexity.
"The only way to achieve end-to-end service visibility and
control across today's complex information infrastructure is to
model and manage the behaviors among components, with a
cross-domain model that focuses on elements and how they interact
with one another," said EMC's Howard Elias, Executive Vice
President, Global Services and Resource Management Software Group.
"EMC's rich history in model-based management and root-cause
analysis make it the perfect complement to Microsoft System Center
-- bringing behavior-aware service integrity to Operations Manager
2007. Together, EMC and Microsoft represent the next wave in
model-based management, focused on returning behavioral line of
sight to IT operations."
The EMC and Microsoft collaboration consists of the leading
solutions for network and systems management and combines the
advanced correlation and root cause capabilities of EMC with the
ease-of-use, partner ecosystem, and market reach of Microsoft.
"Today's enterprises are in need of solutions that offer modular
capabilities that combine effective discovery and analytics with
domain depth in support of service management across servers,
applications, web services, and the network. The problem is, for
the most part, that modular, flexible and deployable solutions that
answer critical service management needs are rare in contrast with
more rigid platform architectures that require lengthy and painful
deployments," said Dennis Drogseth, Vice President, Enterprise
Management Associates. "By committing to broad-based technology
collaboration, EMC and Microsoft are paving the way for customers
to optimize real bench depth in systems, network, and storage and
application management capabilities in support of strategic service
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