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By Cameron Sturdevant  |  Posted 2001-03-19 Print this article Print

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Microsofts Application Center 2000 is a surprisingly easy-to-use cluster management tool for Windows 2000 Server and Web-based applications. The product is a collection of well-constructed wizards, performance monitors and ISS management tools that are accessed from MMC.

SHORT-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Organizations that shied away from clustering should reconsider the technique because Application Center 2000 makes building and managing Windows-based clusters surprisingly easy.

LONG-TERM BUSINESS IMPACT // Application Center 2000 could keep IT costs down, both by enabling large clusters with low-cost systems and by simplifying administration.

Easy-to-use wizards for building clusters; provides load balancing and content synchronization.

Rudimentary integration with third-party load balancing products; sluggish operation with MMC.

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Cameron Sturdevant Cameron Sturdevant has been with the Labs since 1997, and before that paid his IT management dues at a software publishing firm working with several Fortune 100 companies. Cameron also spent two years with a database development firm, integrating applications with mainframe legacy programs. Cameron's areas of expertise include virtual and physical IT infrastructure, cloud computing, enterprise networking and mobility, with a focus on Android in the enterprise. In addition to reviews, Cameron has covered monolithic enterprise management systems throughout their lifecycles, providing the eWEEK reader with all-important history and context. Cameron takes special care in cultivating his IT manager contacts, to ensure that his reviews and analysis are grounded in real-world concern. Cameron is a regular speaker at Ziff-Davis Enterprise online and face-to-face events. Follow Cameron on Twitter at csturdevant, or reach him by email at

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