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IT-Director: Windows 2000 DataCenter Server: well short of the clouds?

Aug 11, 2000, 19:01 (24 Talkback[s])
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"DCS Server will appeal to those who have already invested in SQL database and want to upgrade to enterprise standard. It will also be used by those corporates who are determined to roll out Windows 2000 and ActiveDirectory on a truly Enterprise scale, although, interestingly enough, even these are waiting for the third or fourth Windows 2000 service pack releases at least before committing to roll-out. But the traditional Wintel buyer, those looking for something that provided better service and better functionality at a price that made cutting over from what was previously in place cost-effective, would do well to look at the other competitor in the x86 arena, Linux."

"Linux is already set to produce a 64bit operating system way in advance of Microsoft. This won't particularly impress the corporates, who will be prepared to look at their skills-base and wait for the solution that fits. However, the open source nature of Linux may cut significant hire costs of the specialist consultants and engineers needed to make the solution work - and if you add in the disparity between the two models' licence fees..."

"It's difficult to think of Microsoft these days as an underdog. It has built itself a colossal empire, often using methods as ethically questionable as those used by the Egyptians for their tombs. In common with these structures, Microsoft may dominate the near horizon, but one cannot help see that the tip of their service pyramid falls way, way short of the clouds."

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