ISPCon99: Microsoft unveils ISP tools

Microsoft has announced a series of initiatives designed to help Internet service providers (ISPs) and application service providers (ASPs) keep up with the demands of growing Internet traffic.

Microsoft has announced a series of initiatives designed to help Internet service providers (ISPs) and application service providers (ASPs) keep up with the demands of growing Internet traffic.

During a keynote speech at the ISPCon Fall '99 trade show here, Thomas Koll, director of Microsoft's Network Solutions Group, said the company is working to sell and manage software applications for ISPs and ASPs as it prepares to launch its Windows 2000 operating system in February 2000.

"In our launch of Windows 2000, we will have great support for ISPs," Koll said.

Koll unveiled an ASP deployment kit for business application hosting, and an Office Server Extension hosting program that enables ISPs to offer Web-based collaboration hosting services.

The deployment kit will enable ISPs to download software to provide applications services from companies such as Clarus and Great Plains Software. The Office Extension Program will allow end users to publish documents as a Web page, Koll said.

He also announced scalability improvements for the forthcoming Windows 2000 Server and Windows 2000 Advanced Server. Microsoft has set up a certification program for device drives after determining they caused the majority of problems associated with the servers, Koll said.

The improved servers will enable ISPs to host many more Web sites than presently, he said.

Microsoft will also launch by mid-2000 an App Center Server that will aid in the management of other Web servers. The server will allow IT managers to add servers to a cluster, to determine management criteria for servers and to remove servers, Koll said.

Microsoft, in Redmond, Washington, can be reached at +1-425-882-8080, or at http://www.microsoft.com/.

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