Hoping to cash in on one of the largest software releasesin history, dozens of companies are looking to share the spotlight with Microsoft's Windows 2000.
BMC Software recently announced that its Patrol for Windows 2000 Server is the first enterprise-level product to carry the "Certified for Microsoft Windows 2000 Server" logo. The product monitors Active Directory to ensure that the directory is operating at the appropriate levels.
Alibre is showing off its DesignTM, a collaborative design application that also achieved Windows 2000 certification recently. Only a handful of software products have been certified for the operating system, meaning they are optimised to handle its new features, although thousands of applications are Windows 2000-compatible, according to Microsoft.
WRQ, a provider of information access and management software, will release Version 3.0 of its Reflection for the Web suites, a Windows 2000-certified administrative tool for control of IT resources and simplified access to host systems.
IBM will reveal several products and services for Windows 2000, including a technical support and integration initiative.
Over the next few weeks, IBM also plans to roll out two Netfinity four-way SMP (symmetric multiprocessing) servers, Models 7100 and 7600. The systems will contain several new technical capabilities culled from the company's X-Architecture spec, which will better support Windows 2000 for handling mission-critical e-business applications.
The Hewlett-Packard Brio, Vectra, and Kayak desktop lines, as well as HP's OmniBook line of notebooks, will be available with Windows 2000. All existing HP NetServer systems have been certified to run Windows 2000.
Dell will ship its OptiPlex, Dimension L Series, and XPS T Series desktops with Windows 2000. Latitude and Inspiron notebooks will follow suit, and Windows 2000 Server and Advanced Server are now shipping on PowerEdge servers.
Gateway is preinstalling the OS into its Solo family of laptops. The company is also preinstalling its E-Series of managed desktops as well as its ALR model servers.
Compaq will preinstall Windows 2000 in the company's Armada laptops, PC Prosignia line of PCs, the entire iPAQ line of PCs, and select DeskPro models. The Compaq Professional Workstation AP200 will also ship Windows 2000-ready.
Mission Critical Software received the first "Certified for Windows 2000" logo for its OnePoint Operations Manager.