Following the launch of its Windows 2000 Datacenter in late September, Microsoft have named the Australian vendors who have rolled out programs to support the product.
Compaq Computer Australia, Dell Computer, Fujitsu Australia, Hewlett-Packard Co, IBM, Stratus Computer and Unisys are the certified hardware makers distributing the operating system in Australia.
To be certified, the manufacturers had to prove that the Datacenter high-end OS would run properly on their products.
Tony Wilkinson, Windows product manager Australia for Microsoft, said the company is aiming at delivering high levels of availability with the product. It cannot be purchased separately and comes pre-loaded on the certified systems and priced as one unit"It is critical to achieve high levels of availability that the equipment it is running on is certified, and if you want to make changes to the system, this must be certified also."
The Datacenter operating system is aimed at high-end database, server consolidations and hosting environments. It features support for up to 32 processors, 64Gbytes of memory and four-node failover clustering.
The company also launched the Datacenter Infrastructure Vendor Program (DIV), in Australia, to qualify strategic infrastructure vendors such as enterprise storage and enterprise backup vendors.
EMC is the first vendor to become authorised under the DIV program, which Microsoft says provides customers with additional choice while preserving overall system integrity.