Server Management Suites: New Capabilities and Price Change

We are excited to announce that two important new server management capabilities will be available through purchasing Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE) and Server Management Suite Datacenter (SMSD) licenses.

  • System Center Service Managerwill be a new component of SMSE & SMSD when it is released in the first half of calendar 2010. Service Manager will allow you to improve datacenter service availability and performance by integrating incident and problem management with operational tools—all aimed at simplifying your processes, reducing downtime, and improving the reliability of your datacenter environment. When Service Manager becomes generally available, customers licensed for the SMSE or SMSD will receive the Service Manager Server ML as part of their active Software Assurance coverage.
  • Opalis was acquired by Microsoft in December 2009 and Opalis software will be granted by the Opalis subsidiary to any new or existing SMSE or SMSD license with active Software Assurance coverage as of December 10, 2009. Opalis delivers IT process automation capabilities, including task orchestration across systems, standardization of processes, automation of repetitive tasks, and integrates with System Center and many third-party tools.

SMSE and SMSD remain the simple, flexible, and cost-effective way to acquire System Center’s existing and new server management capabilities for both non-virtualized and virtualized servers. SMSE is designed to be most appropriate for non-virtualized servers or low density virtual hosts with four or fewer virtual machines. SMSD is licensed per processor and is appropriate for high density virtual hosts with more than four virtual machines. As part of the new capabilities available through the purchase of the suites, effective July 1, 2010, the SMSE will move from $1,198* per license to $1,569* per license and the SMSD will move from $749* for each per processor license to $1,310* for each per processor license.

We are excited about offering these capabilities with the server management suites and hope you take a look at them. Feel free to contact your Microsoft account manager or partner about how you can take advantage of the value of the suite licenses at today’s prices before they increase on July 1.

– The System Center Team

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*Pricing is Open NL ERP L&SA 2-years. Pricing for licenses purchased through resellers is determined by agreement between the reseller and customer. Actual prices and payment terms may vary.

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UPDATE 3.30.10:

The effective date of the Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE) and Server Management Suite Datacenter (SMSD) price increases has been moved from July 1, 2010 to August 1, 2010. Feel free to contact your Microsoft account manager or partner about how you can take advantage of the value of the suite licenses at today’s prices before they increase on August 1, 2010. (See also the post announcing this update.)