Microsoft makes inroads into DC management with Opalis

Microsoft ( announced on Friday that it has acquired data center management software firm Opalis Software (

The financial terms of the transaction have not been disclosed.

The company says the acquisition will strengthen its System Center line of management software.

Opalis' products are already compatible with Microsoft's System Center, along with many other companies' management software.

Microsoft also plans to gradually introduce over time some of Opalis' software into System Center itself.

"I believe this acquisition is a pivotal piece to deliver on our dynamic data center initiative," Microsoft vice president Brad Anderson said in a blog posting. "This deal brings together the deep data center automation expertise of Opalis with the integrated physical and virtualized data center management capabilities of Microsoft System Center."

In a separate blog post, Opalis CEO Todd DeLaughter said that Microsoft also believes that process automation will play an instrumental role in the future of the data center.

"Microsoft has always impressed me with their next generation view of how systems management tools should cleanly integrate to provide an easier user experience without the baggage of complexity that all of the existing legacy systems management tools carry," wrote DeLaughter.

"Combined with Opalis, System Center will be able to interoperate with all of those legacy tools so customers can take a 'land and migrate' approach with Microsoft versus a 'rip and replace' approach as they build out their next generation virtualized data centers."

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