Changes Afoot in Data

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2003-05-06 Print this article Print

Center"> Things will also be changing in the data center. Windows Server 2003 has brought built-in provisioning across the network in an automated process, which is a major advance and forms part of Microsofts Dynamic Systems Initiative. The initiative was designed to ensure that the quality of applications running would be better, while the costs of managing this would be lower. Microsoft is working with its partners to make this possible, Gates said, demonstrating a dynamic data center built by HP.
Turning to 64-bit advances, Gates called on Dave Ciuba, a senior product manager for the Windows client, to demonstrate how easily a 64-bit Windows system running on an HP Itanium 2 system can navigate an aerial view of the Los Angeles area that is larger than 10GB.
Jack Films, the production firm of "Star Wars" producer George Lucas, uses 64-bit Windows running on AMD Opteron systems to cut rendering time and costs, he said, adding that Microsoft is working hard to make Windows the premier platform for creating and viewing digital content. Gates, turning to the issue of performance, said that while the PC architecture has held the lead in price/performance for a long time, in terms of absolute performance the record is not as good. Earlier this month at the release of Windows Server 2003, Microsoft announced some new benchmarks. "Were dying to have people using Linux or Oracle come in and challenge these performance results," he said. Windows Server 2003, now the No. 1 performing server operating system, offers increased IT efficiency by as much as 30 percent, enhances information worker productivity and is the highest quality Microsoft server ever released, Gates said. A new capability and architecture, known as Next-Generation Secure Computing Base, will be included in all systems going forward and is a breakthrough that will allow PCs to be used for applications they are not used for today, he said. Work around this is taking place on the processor, keyboard and the Windows operating system itself, which will be reflected in the Longhorn release. "The PC platform is becoming mainstream in the data center, platform capabilities are enabling new scenarios, there are many opportunities for new form factors and devices, and we are working with partners to make the PC better than ever. Its going to be exciting to tackle these new frontiers together," Gates concluded. More News From WinHEC:
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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.

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


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