Microsofts DSI Aims to Cut IT Costs

By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2004-01-19 Print this article Print

Microsoft's DSI aims to lower IT operating costs but faces competition from other utility computing initiatives.

Microsoft Corp.s dynamic systems initiative has stepped out of the ether, and now is the time for IT managers to start investigating it. Microsoft is putting flesh on the bones of its five- to 10-year DSI utility computing plan with the release of System Management Server 2003, as is System Management Arts Inc. with its InCharge Connector for MOM 2000.

See eWEEK Labs reviews of SMS 2003 and InCharge Connector for MOM 2000. The general idea behind DSI is to bring application development and IT operations closer together to cut costs, automating the monitoring and management of business systems.

Based on our preliminary work with this initiative, we think IT managers should devote time to ramping up on DSI concepts. Although DSI is obviously in its infancy, the initiatives potential to significantly reduce operating costs means that its worth laying the groundwork now to bring together application developers, network managers and operations staff to learn about DSI.

Based on our tests of InCharge Connector for MOM (Microsoft Operations Manager) 2000, we think IT managers can put together a strategy for dealing with the inevitable alphabet soup of standards as well as the buying decisions that will likely need to be made starting this year.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant is the executive editor of Enterprise Networking Planet. Prior to ENP, Cameron was technical analyst at PCWeek Labs, starting in 1997. Cameron finished up as the eWEEK Labs Technical Director in 2012. Before his extensive labs tenure Cameron paid his IT dues working in technical support and sales engineering at a software publishing firm . Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his analysis is grounded in real-world concern. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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