Looking to boost the management of Web services on the Microsoft .Net platform, Computer Associates plans to link its upcoming Web Services Distributed Management (WSDM) software to the Microsoft Operations Manager (MOM) 2000 systems management platform.

Announced this week, the integration will be enabled via the Unicenter Web Services Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager, due to ship in early 2004. WSDM is planned for general release by the end of this year. The management pack will become part of WSDM.

"We have integrated with Microsoft Operations Manager to deliver end-to-end management for .Net Web services," said Dmitri Tcherevik, director of Web services at CA.

"By combining the two products, what you get is platform-level management" of Web services on .Net, Tcherevik said. WSDM can consume information from MOM, while MOM can access WSDM data. WSDM examines SOAP messages to gather metrics such as response times, transaction rates and message size.

Actional and AmberPoint this week announced similar arrangements to have their Web services management products integrate with MOM. Microsoft at its Professional Developers Conference 2003 event this week expanded its MOM 2000 with a partner program, allowing for integration of MOM with third-party management products.

MetiLinx at PDC announced MetiLinx Connector for MOM, providing an environment to monitor Windows-based and non-Microsoft systems including Unix and Linux.