IT-Director: Microsoft .NET: the vapour clearsOct 02, 2000, 16:07 (10 Talkback[s])
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"Last Thursday in Basle, Switzerland Microsoft unveiled the full range of the .NET enterprise product in what was both the largest product release in their history, and a wholesale repositioning of Microsoft operating systems towards top end 'mainframe-style' services and support."
"Microsoft proudly pointed to the recent Harry Potter phenomenon, where barnesandnoble.com used the ApplicationServer2000 product to 'scale-out' and rack up an extra 100 temporary servers to prepare for the demand for the new edition in the range. These servers were quickly dismantled and re-deployed when the demand had passed. Other high profile early adopters include Lycos, who claim to have stress-tested every platform including Sun-Oracle and Linux and opted for Windows 2000 server clusters as the best strategic solution."
"Microsoft want to commoditise the transactional computing market with cheap Intel based clusters administered through simple GUIs. Chris believes Linux and open-source are too complex to install and too expensive to project manage to be a real threat."