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Application Center 2000 1.0

USABILITY

B

CAPABILITY

B

PERFORMANCE

B

INTEROPERABILITY

C

MANAGEABILITY

B

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.

Microsoft Corp., Redmond, Wash.; (425) 882-8080; www.microsoft.com