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NetworkWorld: Microsoft eyes Web farm management; moves on another Linux stronghold

Feb 15, 2001, 17:13 (14 Talkback[s])

"Microsoft on Monday completed development on a key server designed to help enterprise customers manage distributed Web applications. The company's Application Center 2000 server was released to manufacturing, which means the code is complete and CD-ROMs are being pressed for distribution. General availability is likely in four to six weeks."

"AppCenter provides management tools so that a cluster of as many as 32 Web servers can be maintained as if it were a single machine. The server also is designed to insure fault-tolerance for key Web applications, most notably electronic commerce. It also works in conjunction with the load-balancing features built into Windows 2000."

"We're providing a better model for Web services than big iron," says Bob Pulliam, Microsoft's technical product manager for AppCenter. "We're providing more manageability in the mid-tier." Pulliam says Microsoft is now able to add a server to Microsoft.com in about eight hours, as opposed to the two-and-a-half days without AppCenter."

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