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

Cigna is running a pilot business-critical application on Windows Server 2003, which is used by 3,000 users.

The company plans to add Server 2003 to its development projects going forward and to ultimately target the workloads it is migrating from Windows NT to the new platform. The company said it expects to make this switch later this year.

ODell said Cigna also sees Server 2003 as an opportunity to reduce the number of servers required to run its business, particularly with its built-in and unique virtualization features such as Component Object Model+ services partitioning and application pooling. These allowed Cigna to run disparate configurations on the same server, and aggregating those resources allowed it to run on fewer, larger servers.

Microsofts Veghte said the company has made other notable improvements with Server 2003, particularly the fact that users will be able to simultaneously run a mixture of NT 4.0, Windows 2000 and 2003.

"I gave the directory team a primary scenario with Server 2003: to be able to run in mixed mode. Whats got to happen is that while we keep innovating, we cant ask them to throw their investments out every three years," Veghte said.

Veghte also addressed speculation about whether there would be another server release when the next Windows client, currently code-named Longhorn, is released in about 18 months. "In general, doing a server release on an 18-month time frame is not something I think is realistic.

"It is very hard to do a server release that represents the customer advancement in an 18-month turn and then go and tell the customers to rev their servers again," Veghte said.

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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.

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