Saturday, December 12, 2009

Microsoft Acquires Opalis Software

Got this one from a colleague of mine. The System Center Team Blog has posted an article about it:

Microsoft has acquired Opalis Software.
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Some highlights. (For the whole story visit the System Center Team Blog and read the article.)

Highlight 01: What does Opalis do?
Taken from their website: Opalis writes software that orchestrates, integrates, and automates IT processes such as incident, problem, configuration, and change management across the IT infrastructure - all from a single console.

Opalis creates Run Book Automation (RBA) software.
Run Book Automation (RBA) is the ability to define, build, orchestrate, manage and report on workflows that support system and network operational processes.

Sounds like much added value for System Center doesn’t it?

Highlight 02: Why has Microsoft acquired Opalis?
As Brad Anderson states: ‘This deal brings together the deep datacenter automation expertise of Opalis with the integrated physical and virtualized datacenter management capabilities of Microsoft System Center.’

Highlight 03: Why is process automation important to Microsoft?
As Brad Anderson states: ‘We know that as customers and service providers use Microsoft server infrastructure, tools and applications in more - and larger - datacenters, these customers require a greater level of automation in their operations.

Highlight 04: RBA and System Center. Is there a future?
As Brad Anderson states: ‘We intend to make RBA capabilities a core part of System Center going forward. You can get more details of the transition at Microsoft Pathways.’

Even though it is a bit early to talk about a conclusion it is not that hard to see what the future will bring. With this acquisition Microsoft emphasizes their dedication to the System Center Product range as a whole. The roadmap shown on Tech-Ed Berlin was already very impressive. With the knowledge, experience and software from Opalis incorporated into the System Center Products much added value will be found. System Center is growing up fast. Big time!

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