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Microsoft release targets firms with limited IT resources

Microsoft Corp. today announced new offerings aimed at midsize organizations with limited IT resources that ar...


September 2, 2009  


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Microsoft Corp. today announced new offerings aimed at midsize organizations with limited IT resources that are looking to deploy and manage server and desktop technology.

 

Microsoft and participating OEM channel partners will offer customers a new software license, Microsoft System Center Essentials Management Suite that includes Microsoft System Center Essentials 2007 and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008.

 

The suite includes a technology upgrade program in the OEM channel, which ensures that customers who purchase the suite will have rights to Microsoft System Center Essentials 2010 when it is released next year.

 

The company said that midsize organizations, which typically have 50 to 249 computers and five to 30 servers, often have no more than four IT generalists who perform a broad range of tasks on any given day. According to an AMI-Partners survey, only 34% of medium-sized businesses with servers are using network management applications.

 

Microsoft partners Fujitsu Technology Solutions and Lenovo intend to offer a technology upgrade program for midsize organizations that acquire the System Center Essentials Management Suite between today and the final release of System Center Essentials 2010.

 

The license also will allow customers to acquire System Center Essentials 2010 without repurchase of the product or purchase of new hardware.