Pivotal Time for Servers
Now is the time for NT administrators to balance the costs, freedoms and risks.Corporate IT is at a network operating system crossroads. Its decision time for Windows users, who need to make hard choices about which road will lead to where they want to go. With the shipment of Windows Server 2003 last week, Microsofts direction in its server line is clear: The Windows 2000 Server base and feature set, which have been with us since February 2000, will be the core of Microsofts value proposition on the server for the next two or three years as well. Windows Server 2003 doesnt rearrange the competitive landscape. Its a refresh release to keep the server platform in line with hardware progress and to entrench .Net Framework while Microsoft works on more fundamental advances for its "Longhorn" release. In fact, many of the development and security features in the product can be deployed on Windows 2000 Server today through free downloads Microsoft has posted over the past few years.
With Microsofts path laid out, now is the time for Windows NT 4.0 customers to choose whether they want to commit to the Windows 2000 path or if Unix or Linux alternatives are better matches for their technology, staffing and economics. Those who rely on the Windows 2000 core technologiesmost notably Active Directory and group policiesand are using emerging Microsoft language technologies such as .Net Framework have made a choice in favor of the seamless integration and powerful development tools that an end-to-end Microsoft approach provides. In this process, Windows Server 2003 is a logical next step.