Comtrade Collaborates with Microsoft to Offer Free F5 Management Pack to System Center 2012 Users

BOSTON, April 20, 2016 – Comtrade, a leading provider of IT infrastructure and application management and monitoring solutions, announced today that it is one of the first ISV partners to provide Microsoft System Center 2012 Operations Manager (SCOM) users with a freemium management pack that provides holistic monitoring of the F5 environment.

System Center users can access the free management pack (MP) through the SCOM console gaining visibility into the health and performance of F5 BIG-IQ, including CPU, memory, disk storage, network interfaces and basic health information for BIG-IP appliances managed by BIG-IQ.

Users seeking the freemium F5 MP from Comtrade can locate the plug-in directly through the Microsoft SCOM console. They’ll receive an email to finalize the installation process; once installed, the free MP will provide:

  • Automatic topology discovery and virtualization of BIG-IQ and managed BIG-IP devices,
  • Health monitoring on connectivity status, high utilization and load availability data,
  • Visualized performance of BIG-IQ appliances, and
  • Emailed alerts and comprehensive reports.

“System Center Operations Manager users are looking for a management pack that will provide deeper insights into the F5 environment, and as one of the first partners in this freemium program, Comtrade is providing those insights free of charge,” said Simon Taylor, senior vice president and general manager at Comtrade. “The F5 MP is one of many native plug-ins that Comtrade offers to SCOM users to enhance the F5 experience and bridge performance data from multiple platforms into one easy-to-use interface.”

“Microsoft is always looking for innovative ways of integrating with partner ecosystems to deliver solutions to System Center customers,” said Michael Leworthy, Director, Enterprise Cloud, Microsoft. “Comtrade is a valued member of the System Center Alliance Program, and continues to extend our platform to give deep insight into business critical applications.”
The freemium F5 MP from Comtrade is available to SCOM users under the Partner Solution section beginning in Spring 2016. For more information about plug-ins available from Comtrade, visit

About Comtrade Software
Comtrade Software is a leading provider of IT infrastructure management solutions specializing in data, system, network and application performance. Comtrade brings proven expertise to different industries through plug-ins for leading infrastructure management platforms, or through our advanced technology that enables vendors and IT professionals to focus on core business deliverables. With more than 1,000 software engineers on staff, Comtrade is one of Europe’s largest IT solution providers and is partnered with many of the world’s leading technology companies, including Microsoft, HP, Oracle, F5, Citrix and Nutanix. For more information, visit, or follow us on Twitter at @mgmt_products.