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Gates Discusses New Microsoft Initiatives

At the Intel Exchange conference today in San Francisco, Microsoft Corp. 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

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.