TechEd EMEA- IT Adds Even More Business Value in Tough Economic Times

Today at TechEd EMEA Microsoft made several announcements to help customers evolve their IT infrastructure for the next generation of Dynamic IT environments:

  • System Center Operations Manager 2007 R2 beta. Microsoft’s new platform includes cross-platform monitoring for Windows, Unix and Linux servers and improved service level monitoring. For more information on this release please visit


  • Microsoft Security Intelligence Report volume 5. The report uses data from hundreds of millions of computer worldwide to offer an in-depth, global view of security and privacy threats for the first half of 2008. The full report is available for download at


  • TechNet Online Social Bookmarking. Social bookmarking enables IT professionals to save their web favorites online, see what other technical professionals are bookmarking, subscribe to new “social feeds,” and network with other members of the Microsoft technical community. More information can be found online at:


  • “Dublin.” The codename for the enhanced Windows Server application, which will offer greater scalability, easier management and close integration with Internet Information Services (IIS) to provide a standard host for applications that use Windows Workflow Foundation (WF) or Windows Communication Foundation (WCF).


  • Microsoft Application Virtualization Support for x64: Today Microsoft announced that Microsoft Application Virtualization 4.5 (App-V) will support 64-bit applications and platforms in H1 2010.64-bit support will be included for both App-V client and server infrastructure components and fully compatible with Microsoft’s 64-bit operating systems.For more information, please visit


  • Windows Server 2008 R2. New features of Windows Server 2008 R2 include: Live Migration, Branch Cache, DirectAccess and Remote Desktop Services (RDS), the new name for Terminal Services, reflects an expanded role allowing both session and virtual machine-based centralized computing.


  • Today, the Microsoft Solution Accelerators Team announced the RTM release of the Microsoft Assessment and Planning (MAP) Toolkit 3.2 that includes new features such as Microsoft Online Services Needs Assessment and Survey.  MAP is a scalable and agent-less assessment platform designed to make it easier to adopt the latest Microsoft technologies. In this version, MAP has expanded its assessment capabilities to include SQL Server 2008, Forefront/NAP, and Microsoft Online Services migration, as well as providing a Power Savings assessment to help customer go green.” For more information, please visit the MAP team blog.


  • Integrated Identity and Security Solutions. Enterprise customers continually say that they need integrated identity management, access and security solutions – not separate point products. In response, Microsoft is investing heavily in the development and delivery of these integrated solutions to help customers better protect their organizations, increase productivity and reduce costs. In June 2008 Microsoft combined the identity and security engineering and business teams to accelerate this strategy.

Microsoft’s approach in this area is unique and based on a wide range of connected products and technologies:  The secure Windows platform with built-in identity infrastructure and policy-based access, as well as security, identity and systems management solutions like Forefront, Identity Lifecycle Manager and System Center. 

Today at TechEd IT Pro in Europe, Microsoft announced two product milestones in support of this strategy.

o The Release Candidate of Identity Lifecycle Manager “2” is available now at Due for release in the first half of 2009, ILM “2” provides self-service for employees, enhanced administration and automation for IT professionals, and extensibility for developers.

o Available soon, Intelligent Application Gateway Service Pack 2 takes advantage of virtualization technology to give mobile workers easy and secure access to applications from a broad range of devices and locations.

o Additional information about these products can be found on the Forefront Team blog at and a video about ILM “2,”on TechNet Edge can be found here:

.For more on these announcements and to view the full press release, please visit the TechEd Global Pressroom.

In this video, Brad Anderson, General Manager, Microsoft Management and Services Division,  gives an overview of the announcements made in his keynote today.