Microsoft sells Datacenter Server through hardware manufacturers

Microsoft sells Datacenter Server through hardware manufacturers

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

JUNE 22—Microsoft Corp. is selling Windows 2000 Datacenter Server, the version of its Windows 2000 operating system for computers with eight to 32 processors, only through approved hardware manufacturers, officials said.

Microsoft and Unisys Corp. of Blue Bell, Pa., held a joint product launch yesterday for Datacenter Server running on Unisys' Enterprise Server ES7000.

Unisys was the first of Microsoft's affiliated manufacturers to release its Datacenter Server hardware, said Shawn Carlson, principal technology specialist with Microsoft Federal in Washington. The ES7000 uses 16 or 32 Intel Pentium III Xeon processors connected by a high-bandwidth crossbar.

Datacenter Server supports up to 64G of memory, eight times more than Windows 2000 Advanced Server. Other Datacenter Server features include four-node failover clustering and 32-node Network Load Balancing.

Besides Unisys, manufacturers of Datacenter Server packages are Amdahl Corp., Compaq Computer Corp., Data General Corp., Dell Computer Corp., Fujitsu America Inc. of San Jose, Calif., Hewlett-Packard Co., IBM Corp. and NEC Corp.

Microsoft doesn't have a set price for the Datacenter Server software, since it is not selling the OS as a standalone product, Carlson said. Promotional literature Microsoft distributed at the launch said a Unisys ES7000 system with Datacenter Server and 32 Intel Pentium III Xeon processors would cost roughly $950,000.

Three agencies are considering Datacenter Server combinations, but none has yet signed a formal service level agreement, Microsoft spokesman Keith Hodson said.

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