Diane Prescott, Microsoft Product Manager, System Center posted the following on the System Center Team Blog:
I wanted to provide a quick update on some changes we have coming regarding the System Center Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE) and System Center Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) later this year. In Q4 of 2008, we’re excited to be providing customers with additional value and functionality in the SMSE by releasing the next version of our VMM software, VMM 2008. One thing that’s new with the release of VMM 2008, is that we’ll be making it available to customers and partners as a standalone product; VMM 2007 was only available as part of the SMSE.
As far as how we’ll offer VMM 2008 standalone in Q4 of 2008, it will follow the licensing model set forward by the SMSE. It will be sold as a per-device enterprise server management license (ML) and will include rights to the management server. Because we’ll be selling the VMM 2008 enterprise server ML on a per-device basis, which makes sense in the context of virtualization, we’ll be targeting a price which will be approximately 10-15% less than the SMSE at that time it’s generally available. Additionally, because of the new value and functionality being added to the various System Center offerings over the next year, including VMM, Operations Manager and Configuration Manager, we will be implementing a price increase to the SMSE of approximately 10-15% in the same time frame. We’re still working on the specifics regarding the pricing and licensing of VMM 2008 and the SMSE and we’ll have further details to share in early August.
Customers who choose the SMSE receive the benefits of a holistic management experience across their physical and virtual IT infrastructures. Some of the benefits customers will experience with the wholly managed virtualized environment include managing virtual machines, with capabilities such as intelligent placement and monitoring; automated VM patching; and data protection/ disaster recovery. For example, VMM2008 has a powerful new feature called Performance and Resource Optimization (PRO) which is only available when implemented in conjunction with Operations Manager 2007 and provides deep insight into all up virtual environment performance.
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