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Windows & Linux Edition
Volume 2, Number 17 -- April 30, 2003
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Bill's, Andy's, and Linus' Enterprise Adventure, Every Week

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Windows 2003: Microsoft's Software Finally Grows Up
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

It may have taken three years to develop, and may take a quarter of a billion dollars in marketing to prime the pump, but the new "Whistler" release of the Microsoft Windows server platform, which was launched on April 24 as Windows Server 2003, is going to be something that tens of millions of companies worldwide are going to be living with for a lot longer than a few years. READ MORE >

IBM Steals the Show at the AMD Opteron Launch
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

The computer business might be maturing, but it can still be surprising. Advanced Micro Devices has launched the 64-bit "Hammer" server processors that will be sold under the Opteron brand name. While tongues have been wagging all around the industry for months that AMD needed and would get the backing of one of the big server vendors, it turns out that Big Blue is going to be the first to put its seal of approval on the Opteron. READ MORE >

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HP Takes TPC-C Lead With 64-Way Superdome Running Windows
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

As Hewlett-Packard has been hinting rather strongly that it would, the company announced killer benchmark test results at the Windows Server 2003 launch last week, putting all of the other enterprise-class systems tested to shame in terms of performance and bang for the buck. The HP results of 658,278 transactions per minute (TPM) on the 64-way version of its "Pinnacles" Superdome server were announced one day after NEC announced it had reached 514,035 TPM on a 32-way Itanium 2 machine. READ MORE >

NEC AzuzA Server Breaks 500,000 TPM Barrier with Windows 2003
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

As part of Microsoft's Windows Server 2003 announcements last week, NEC will roll out benchmark tests on its future 32-way "AzuzA" Express5800/1320Xc server using the "Madison" 1.5 GHz Itanium 2 processors running Windows 2003. This machine cranked through the 500,000 transactions per minute (TPM) barrier on the TPC-C online transaction processing benchmark test and has the distinction of being the first Windows-based single system image to do so--though it certainly will not the last to do so. READ MORE >

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HP Tops Q1 Worldwide Server Shipments, Dell Tops in US
by Timothy Prickett Morgan

The battle for the leadership position in the server market continued to be brutal between Hewlett Packard and Dell in the first quarter, according to research from Gartner's Dataquest unit. While server shipments were better than expected, it's still tough out there, according Dataquest's analysts. The dynamics within the server market are complex right now as companies are shifting priorities and platforms, making it somewhat more volatile than the Dataquest shipment numbers suggest. READ MORE >

Shaking IT Up: What a Wonderful IT World
by Kevin Vandever

These are rough times. Massive layoffs, budget constraints, and bleak economic outlooks dominate the business news. For many years, IT was immune from economic hiccups and downturns, but not any more. We've been hit hard, and many of us lucky enough to still have our jobs are paying for that luck by working longer hours, without the budgets for overtime, raises, or training. That leads to job burnout, which causes the productivity scale to approach dangerously close to zero. But it doesn't end there. READ MORE >

Reader Feedback and Insights

We value your feedback and insights on the Windows and Linux server markets. Feel free to send a letter to the editor. We will consider your letter a candidate for the reader feedback column for this newsletter, but we will contact you before we publish your e-mail. READ MORE >

Editor: Timothy Prickett Morgan
Managing Editor: Shannon Pastore
Contributing Editors: Dan Burger, Joe Hertvik, Shannon O'Donnell,
Victor Rozek, Hesh Wiener, Alex Woodie
Publisher and Advertising Director: Jenny Thomas
Advertising Sales Representative: Kim Reed
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Windows 2003: Microsoft's Software Finally Grows Up

IBM Steals the Show at the AMD Opteron Launch

HP Takes TPC-C Lead With 64-Way Superdome Running Windows

NEC AzuzA Server Breaks 500,000 TPM Barrier with Windows 2003

HP Tops Q1 Worldwide Server Shipments, Dell Tops in US

Shaking IT Up: What a Wonderful IT World

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