9 hot products for managing Microsoft

Microsoft and third-party vendors unveiled a slew of products at Microsoft Management Summit 2010. Here's a sample of what?s available now and what?s coming to manage Windows and other Microsoft technologies.

Microsoft Management Summit 2010 drew customers and vendors to learn about the tools available to manage Microsoft's many technologies. Here we showcase products Microsoft unveiled and previewed, as well as other products that third-party vendors demonstrated for show attendees in Las Vegas.

System Center Service Manager 2010

Product: System Center Service Manager 2010

Features: Delivers an integrated platform for automating and adapting IT service management best practices; and provides built-in processes based on industry best practices for incident and problem resolution, change control and asset life-cycle management. More info.

NightWatchMan Server Edition 2.0

Product: NightWatchMan Server Edition 2.0

Features: Provides data center efficiency and server power management capabilities by measuring "useful work" across both physical and virtual servers; and provides the ability to reduce energy consumption across all your servers without any loss of availability. More info.

nWorks Management Pack 5.5

Product: nWorks Management Pack 5.5

Features: Allows Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager to take automated corrective action on VMware platforms to fix performance and configuration problems. More info.

IT Commerce for SCCM Suite (System Center Configuration Manager)

Product: IT Commerce for SCCM Suite (System Center Configuration Manager)

Features: Provides visibility into all IT service offerings; automated handling of orders, approval and delivery process; and comprehensive cost allocation from request to the subsequent delivery. Offers customers Web-based shopping portal for IT services; complete workflow engine to automate IT service delivery through Microsoft SCCM; on-demand software distribution; and comprehensive asset tracking and license management. More info.

System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3

Product: System Center Configuration Manager 2007 R3

Features: Provides additional tools to enable green IT within organizations; adds the ability to centrally monitor and control the power consumption of Windows clients; makes the discovery of new devices or changes to existing managed devices faster; and increases the efficiency of policy processing and software distribution. More info.

NovaView for PowerPivot

Product: NovaView for PowerPivot

Features: Provides a business intelligence suite built on top of the Microsoft SQL Server 2008 R2 product; and offers self-service business intelligence capabilities such as intuitive Web interface, advanced analytics and a data level security layer, providing new ways for analysis and information to generate insight and make better decisions. More info.

Citrix XenApp Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

Product: Citrix XenApp Management Pack for Microsoft System Center Operations Manager

Features: Provides complete infrastructure and end-user monitoring as well as full topology, discovery and unified management to help guarantee resilience and reliability across Citrix XenServer and XenApp deployments. More info.

System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

Product: System Center Data Protection Manager 2010

Features: Provide continuous data protection of Windows application and file servers to seamlessly integrate disk, tape and cloud; and includes support for Microsoft technologies such as Windows Server from 2003 through 2008 R2, SQL Server 2000 through 2008 R2, Exchange Server 2003 through 2010, and SharePoint Server 2003 through 2010, among others. More info.

Athena

Product: Athena

Features: Provides management capabilities for Apple iPhone, RIM BlackBerry, Palm Pre and Pixi, Nokia E and N services, and traditional Microsoft Windows Mobile and Windows Embedded CE device management offering; and enables the management of devices by integrating into Microsoft System Center Configuration Manager 2007 platform. More info.

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