Microsoft has finished work on Microsoft Operations Manager (Mom) 2005, a major update to its performance management software.
The company also announced that it will release Mom 2005 Workgroup Edition, previously called Mom 2005 Express, which was announced in March and is pitched as a less expensive product for organisations with between four and 10 servers, requiring only simple monitoring of Windows Server environments.
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The products are part of Microsoft's Dynamic Systems Initiative, a plan for reducing IT complexity by improving software manageability. An Accenture study suggested that IT professionals spend up to 70% of their time managing systems and Microsoft aims to bring that down to 55% by automating management tasks.
Mom 2005 and Mom 2005 Workgroup Edition should be available within six weeks.
In addition to new features such as graphical systems views and enhanced reporting tools, Mom 2005 has been designed to be easier to deploy than its predecessor, Microsoft said. The release will also come with updated management packs and introduce new packs designed to monitor web services, the company said.
Joris Evers writes for DG News Service