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Network Computing: Redefining the NOS [Comparative Review]

May 22, 2000, 16:03 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ron Anderson, Mike Lee)

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"...We evaluated each product according to five categories: core services, management services, scalability, enterprise fit and Internet-specific services. Windows 2000 Advanced Server and NetWare 5.1 are still the best choices for intranet file-and-print-services deployments. With the release of Windows 2000, Microsoft has joined NetWare by offering a full-scale directory service. The directory enhances core services and manageability and, in the case of NDS eDirectory, improves cross-platform integration as well."

"All the products tested offer a full plate of Internet services, from Web to DHCP and DNS. Windows 2000 and NetWare integrate these services into the directory, but Solaris and Linux were designed for the Internet from the beginning. Companies implementing a purely Internet-based service would do well to look at Solaris or Red Hat first."

"Solaris on SPARC is the clear winner when considering single-box computing power with support for up to 64 processors. Windows 2000 Advanced Server does a good job with horizontal scalability supporting up to 32 nodes via load-balancing for IP-based applications."

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