Windows 2000 Datacenter Server provides solid, mission-critical
computing — and support — for the largest of environments.
- By Michel Gambier
- January 01, 2001
The most power and function you can get from Microsoft
just might be in Windows 2000 Datacenter Server — the
strongest server operating system we’ve ever offered.
Whether you’re an MCP in a corporate-technology department
or with a Solution Provider company, the newest Windows
operating system may provide the best business investment
that your organization — or your customer — can make for
Datacenter Server is a fully functional alternative to
proprietary Unix solutions, as well as an ideal platform
for tomorrow’s .NET applications, which adhere to key
standards such as XML.
What makes Datacenter Server ready for the largest environments?
The platform features symmetric multiprocessing with up
to 32 CPUs per server, failover support with four-node
clusters, memory support for 64GB of physical RAM, high-speed
interprocess communications for system-area networks,
and new tools to manage the allocation of critical server
We hope you’ll buy Datacenter Server — but not from us.
Actually, Datacenter Server represents a major change
in the way Microsoft does business.
Instead of offering it directly, Datacenter Server is
available exclusively from industry partners in the Windows
2000 Datacenter Server Program. The reason? You gain the
enterprise-ready, tight integration of hardware and software
backed by mission-critical service and support, which
makes Datacenter Server a true alternative to Unix-based
solutions at the enterprise level.
We developed Datacenter Server to work optimally in high-traffic
computer networks — delivering the highest reliability,
scalability and serviceability for line-of-business and
e-commerce solutions, traditional back-end data center
environments, and leading-edge application service providers.
Here are some of the Datacenter Server scenarios you
Application Service Providers—If
you work for or support an ASP, consider Datacenter Server
to deliver platform infrastructure, packaged applications,
operating software, network management, and customer support.
Dot-coms—Dot-coms can benefit
from the ability to scale both up and out to meet dynamic
growth and from the ability to meet stringent requirements
for availability and uptime, site security, interoperability,
running LOB applications can benefit from mission-critical
reliability and support; the ability to support high transaction
volumes; the distribution of business processes, transactions,
databases, users, and customers across many sites; and
the ability to interface with legacy systems.
is the middle name of our newest operating system. Users
will benefit from the ability to customize, track and
report application availability; to support robust, yet
flexible and easier, storage solutions; and to scale up,
consolidating servers to reduce both technology and personnel
To learn more about Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, visit
Michel Gambier is Group Product Manager of Enterprise Server Marketing for Microsoft.