Microsoft will soon clear up the murkiness surrounding its plans to allow partners use System Center management tools to deliver managed services, a company executive said Wednesday.
System Center Essentials 2007, which launched in May, allows IT administrators in midsize companies to manage clients, servers, hardware, software and IT services from a central console.
By installing System Center Operations Manager 2007 in their network operations center (NOC), and System Center Essentials 2007 on a server at each customer's location, partners will be able to provide a remote managed services solution.
In an earlyMarch blog entry, Dustin Jones, program manager at Microsoft, announced the release of the public beta of what he called System Center Remote Managed Services, and provided a link to a Microsoft webpage with more details.
However, the link now redirects to the System Center Essentials main page. Jones' MSDN blog, titled "Remote Managed Services," hasn't been updated since March 1.
Full availability of the System Center managed service is slated for the fall, and Microsoft will provide more details on the effort next month at its worldwide partner conference in Denver, said Jeff Campbell, director of product management at Microsoft.
Microsoft plans to offer more information Thursday in a web presentation to partners in the pre-release program, said John Joyner, senior architect at ClearPointe Technology, a Microsoft partner in Little Rock, Ark., who has been demonstrating the solution to other partners since January.