Microsoft has realigned a pair of business units to reflect an expansion of its plans to manage every piece of a customer's hardware from the PC to servers and storage systems.
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The company has rebranded its Management Business group as the Enterprise Management division. Along with the renaming, this move will place three management products formerly shepherded by the Windows group under the charge of Bob Muglia, a senior vice president at the company and head of its storage unit.
"We have moved the products out of Windows where they lived into a brand-new division," Enterprise Management division director David Hamilton said.
"This was an opportunity to broaden Bob's perspective and take on a different responsibility. It definitely shows that we have a wider ambition."
Microsoft has long eyed a bigger role in the data centre as it attempted to compete with the likes of IBM and Sun Microsystems, which sell servers running the Unix and Linux operating systems. It has worked to boost its upcoming Windows Server 2003 operating system as part of this effort but has also added to other parts of its product line.
Muglia was appointed to head its storage division last year. The executive has talked about adding new features into Windows that would allow Microsoft to manage storage hardware in a similar way to existing third-party software suppliers.
Muglia will now also be in charge of the Windows Systems Management Server (SMS), Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) and Applications Center products.
Microsoft will provide more details on these changes at the Microsoft Management Summit being held next week in Las Vegas.