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By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-04-21 Print this article Print

A few prerequisites for Lockheed Martins IT infrastructure were a secure and robust infrastructure with identity and access management, a network with sufficient bandwidth and quality of service to facilitate machine-to-machine interaction, applications designed for mobile users and the exposure of legacy applications to Web services.

"Thats where Server 2003 becomes very important to us. Its also more secure out of the box," Villinger said. "The integration of the .Net Framework is key for us as that provides the integral and built-in capabilities of XML in the context of Web services."

Lockheed Martin has been prototype-testing RTC, which requires Server 2003 to run, as a Joint Development Partner with Microsoft. According to Villinger, Microsoft has made it clear that the instant messaging capabilities that are now part of Exchange 2000 will be pulled out of the platform and become part of RTC.

That was one of the main motivations behind Lockheed Martins decision to move to RTC, Villinger said, adding that the second phase of RTC will include conferencing and multimedia capabilities.

But other large-enterprise customers disagree and say theyd prefer to pay for additional technology at times rather than have it built into the core operating system.

Jeff ODell, vice president of architecture for health benefits provider Cigna Corp., in Bloomington, Conn., said he is willing to pay for additional layered services because of the flexibility to choose among them.

That would be less problematic than having them all built into the core operating system, he said. Still, ODells feelings are mixed.

"If things are incorporated in and free, and we think were going to leverage them, to us thats goodness as we get more functionality that we can just turn on versus the effort of installing something thats separate," ODell said.

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

For numerous examples of his writing you can search under his name at the eWEEK Website at


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