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Wed, Aug 18, 1999
Windows 2000 Final Packaging
  This issue of W2Knews™ contains:
Hi All,

As you know, when some interesting Breaking News comes
in, we let you know ASAP. This is one of 'em!

Warm regards,

Stu Sjouwerman


Today Microsoft announced the final packaging for Win2K. 
They designed these new flavors hoping to provide you with 
the right functionality at the right price point, and to 
introduce industry-standard eight-way multiprocessing systems 
into the market. Here's the final line-up!

The Windows 2000 family consists of four products (from small
to large): Professional, Windows 2000 Server, Advanced Server, 
and DataCenter Server.

1) Windows 2000 Professional, designed to be the mainstream 
desktop and laptop operating system for businesses of all sizes, 
will continue to support up to two processors. This is basically
the new NT Workstation.

2) Windows 2000 Server is geared to run your normal departmental 
file/print, Web, and entry-level application servers. It supports 
up to four CPU's. 

3) Windows 2000 Advanced Server (Win2K AS). Microsoft positions this 
for mission-critical Web and line-of-business application servers.
Win2K AS integrates clustering and load balancing and supports up 
to eight processors. 

4) Windows 2000 DataCenter Server (Win2K DS) is brand new and supposed
to be ready for the most demanding levels of availability and scale,
supports additional clustering capabilities and up to 32 processors. 

Microsoft states that this final packaging enables you to choose the
right flavor for your specific needs and provides you with a clear 
upgrade path as your business grows. 

You all know that the industry is rapidly moving toward higher end 
eight-way server configurations. That means you can consolidate your
servers to a smaller numbers of machines. We all know the benefits
that brings for system administration.

The combination of these more powerful eight-way systems coming
available and Windows 2000 Advanced Server will basically get you
better price/performance, scalability, and manageability. Of course
you still need to add your existing Third Party tools, but will need
at least one more. Think about the incredible headache of moving all
your apps, users, data from smaller servers to a big one. We have some
help coming out for you that will greatly facilitate this.

Compaq, HP, IBM and Dell all endorsed Win2K AS. Here is one of 
those quotes. [[PR fluff alert!]]

"Windows 2000 Advanced Server factory-installed on Dell PowerEdge
servers will provide new levels of reliability, scalability and
management for industry-standard servers," said Michael Lambert,
senior vice president, Dell Enterprise Systems Group. "Windows 
2000 with Dell PowerEdge servers, including the new eight-way 
PowerEdge 8450 and PowerVault storage systems, will enable 
customers to deploy mission-critical data-center applications 
on open-standard technologies." 

(By the way, Dell just announced this morning in the Wall Street
Journal that they shipped more machines last quarter than Compaq
which makes Dell 'Numero Uno' now.)

And now, WHEN are all these goodies available? 

Microsoft 'sez': Windows 2000 Professional, Server and Advanced 
Server are currently on track to be released by the end of 1999. 
Windows 2000 DataCenter Server will be released approximately 
90 -- 120 days later. Final pricing will be announced separately. 
SOURCE Microsoft Corp. 

That's all for the moment!!

(email me with feedback: [email protected])