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Unisys, Microsoft, And EMC Demo Windows 2000 Data Center

Unisys, Microsoft, and EMC Corp. yesterday at Comdex/Fall '99 demonstrated a data center environment the companies say proves Windows 2000 capable of handling the largest electronic-commerce loads.

The system, which consists of 50 machines running Windows 2000 Advanced Server, and two running Windows 2000 DataCenter Server, simulates an Internet-commerce application. It's capable of handling 4,000 transactions per second and 3 billion Web hits per day. The "Data Center of the Next Millennium" technology demonstration, which Unisys chief executive Larry Weinbach said could be built for customers today, also employs a 9-terabyte SQL Server database and backup speed of 1.2 terabytes per hour. The three lead vendors on the project, as well as partners including Cisco Systems--whose switches provide the front-end load balancing--and Intel, say they'll target companies combining bricks-and-mortar and online sales with the combination of hardware, software, and Unisys systems integration services.

"This stuff is real. We're able to take Windows 2000 and prove today at Comdex that it is stable," said Weinbach.

Microsoft president Steve Ballmer said, "What is the upside potential for these industry-standard servers running Windows 2000 in the data center? The scenario keeps getting better and better."

Unisys can build on a customized basis for its customers, applications that scale up to the capabilities demonstrated at Comdex, or scale down to a single four-way server, according to Norman Goldberg, Unisys VP of worldwide sales and marketing for enterprise NT services.

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