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Information Week: Rethinking The Server

Apr 05, 2001, 08:16 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Ricadela)

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"As more companies run Web servers with cheap, flexible Linux and Apache open-source software, Microsoft also is weighing development of a thin-server version of Whistler that could plug into Web-commerce application servers with little configuration. The upshot could be lower management costs. 'If [Microsoft] could tie that back to [its] enterprise-management software so you could manage those servers remotely, you're keeping your head-count costs down,' says Kaj Pedersen, VP and general manager at Terra Lycos, a global Internet service provider and portal site in Walham, Mass."

"But some say Microsoft's operating-system lineup looks more confusing than a Florida ballot. Whistler in its various incarnations will ship even as some businesses are just completing Windows 2000 upgrade projects. Two-thirds of IT executives surveyed by InformationWeek Research last fall were planning a Windows 2000 server upgrade for this year. 'Microsoft is moving in so many directions at the same time that we hope they don't shoot themselves in the foot,' says Joe Visconti, IS manager for enterprise architecture at Parsons."

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