Vendors prepare to offer Win 2000 transition help

Vendors prepare to offer Win 2000 transition help

By Thomas R. Temin

GCN Staff

Microsoft's forthcoming Windows 2000 operating system is giving rise to a host of vendors of migration services.

IBM Corp.'s global services unit, which this year launched its Enterprise Services for Microsoft Technologies practice, recently announced that 20 of its large customers, including a federal agency it did not identify, have been IBM guinea pigs for Win 2000 migration.

IBM services include readiness evaluation, systems analysis, architecture and design, and implementation.

Unisys Corp., working with several hardware and software partners including storage vendor EMC Corp. of Hopkinton, Mass., offers what Irv Epstein, vice president for NT program management, called an integrated strategy for building enterprise applications under NT and, eventually, Win 2000.

Services include migration and deployment, post-installation support and seat management, and development of enterprise-class applications such as electronic commerce.

Data General Corp. of Westborough, Mass., which was recently acquired by EMC, will deploy a 500-person services staff to help its customers manage NT and Win 2000 systems by separating and consolidating their servers and storage subsystems, Data General president Robert M. Dutkowsky said.

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