| Network and System Management Software Market Source: IDC, 2000
David Dykes, founder and CTO at InfraStream of Atlanta, Ga., an on-site provider of broadband services, says the integration of Active Directory in the Windows 2000 Advanced Server is a sweeping advance. It is also one of the product's management features that led to the selection of this OS platform to deliver his company's services. He notes that another strong management feature in Windows 2000 Advanced Server is the way Microsoft has embraced Internet and open standards. "This makes it easy to integrate, interoperate, and manage," says Dykes.
According to Dykes, the company hasn't experienced any unplanned downtime due to operating system failure in 12 months of use. InfraStream has eight Windows 2000 Advanced Server nodes and has used both pre-production and production releases. "It is truly a robust platform," he says.
Second-place finisher Sun Solaris 8 with iPlanet Web Server Enterprise Edition was also cited for ease of management and interoperability. "The key benefit to us in using this product is that it works well with the new iPlanet infrastructure," says Ileana Couret-Endom, a product manager at Digex Inc., a Beltsville, Md., application service provider (ASP). "It's easy to use with application servers and provides easy connectivity to back-end servers."
Digex began using Solaris 8 with iPlanet for its server farm last August, and its use quickly mushroomed: today, the ASP has 500 licenses.
Over the next year or so, META's Murphy says users will see more fully integrated network management tools for networks, systems, and applications. Up until now, many of these tools were sold separately.
Additionally, he says the movement toward outsourcing all kinds of IT tasks currently handled in-house will have a profound effect on vendors and their products. Murphy says vendors will shift their network and systems software offerings, including management tools, toward service providers, rather than enterprises.
Lynn T. Haber reports on business and information technology from Norwell, Mass. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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