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IT-Director: Windows 2000, Ready to Roll

Jan 18, 2000, 16:46 (9 Talkback[s])
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"Chief among the new versions is the Data Center version which is... targeted at the heart of corporate computing, but also unashamedly targeted at the ballooning Internet market where Sun Microsystems' Solaris is currently dominant and where IBM, Compaq and Hewlett-Packard are fighting for attention. The Data Center version is scheduled to be released 120 days after the initial release of the standard server version. The essence of this version is availability, manageability and scalability and it will quickly climb the hardware ladder from 8-way to 16-way to 32-way capability."

"Another version of Windows 2000 which will attract interest is the embedded version. Microsoft has not drawn much attention to this version yet, but it has a very interesting underlying structure. Ed Muth regards it as one of the most impressive engineering products of the Windows 2000 program. It is aimed at the new devices market, which is now coming alive in earnest, and it allows a device manufacturer to configure a unique version of Windows NT to suit a specific device. Thus beyond the irreducible kernel, it can include or exclude the Windows routines, virtual memory, the disk subsystem and so on. In effect the manufacturer can create a unique and specific version and this, in theory, will be upgradeable. It will also, of course, integrate well within Windows NT networks."

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