In December 2009 Microsoft acquired the run-book automation firm Opalis Software.
At that time the company anticipated that Opalis technology would be integrated in the System Center product family and that it would become the automation layer for Hyper-V and Azure virtualization.
Today Microsoft offers additional details about when the integration with happen: integrations packs for UNIX, Red Hat RHEL and Novell SLES Linux will be released in Q2 2010, while integration packs for Service Manager 2010, Configuration Manager (SCCM) 2007 R2, Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM) 2008 R2 and Data Protection Manager (DPM) 2010 will appear in Q3 2010.
A tighter integration anyway can’t be expected before 2011 when Microsoft plans to release the next major version of Opalis.
The automation platform has been included in the Microsoft Server Management Suite Enterprise (SMSE) and Datacenter (SMSD) licenses which will cost more starting July 1.