No W2K Data Center takers yet

Potential users of Microsoft's Windows 2000 Data Center are slightly thicker on the ground than expected though no one has yet bought it, says Unisys.

Potential users of Microsoft’s Windows 2000 Data Center are slightly thicker on the ground than expected though no one has yet bought it, says Unisys.

Microsoft’s highest-end operating system ever was launched here last October. Rather than being distributed through Microsoft’s usual sales channel, Data Center is being sold by vendors whose hardware has been certified as suitably robust by Microsoft, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Dell, Compaq and Unisys.

Unisys e-business solutions manager Graham Alston says the local market for Data Center is the country's top 100 companies, but the operating system's total cost of ownership benefits have made it attractive to companies that Unisys would initially have thought were too small to be interested. He says Unisys has had “tens” of customers visiting its Kapiti technology centre to see Data Center running on an ES7000.

Unisys says it has sold more than 100 of its new ES7000 servers loaded with Data Center overseas. Though it has sold no machines loaded with Data Center it says it has sold ES7000s running Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server to Foodstuffs, Griffins and EDS.

Compaq spokesman Ken Erskine says the company is in the early stage of the sales cycle and is talking to prospects. He says the company’s first Data Center sale is at least three to four months away.

IBM also confirms it hasn’t made any sales.

Microsoft New Zealand national sales manager Chris Thodey says Microsoft wasn’t aware of any local sales and would only say that the company is working with “some people” on it.

Most worldwide sales of Data Center so far have been as the platform for enterprise resource planning systems.

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