There is a lot of debate about Microsoft, its various products and their impact on the realm of databases and data warehousing. Many questions are posed, and the varying answers disputed. Are they compatible enough? Can they scale well? Are the various versions of Windows robust enough to reliably support databases and warehouses? Can Microsoft really penetrate the large enterprise market it so obviously covets?

With the introduction of Windows 2000, Microsoft hopes to further its penetration of the larger corporate market. The new version is supposed to provide the key features and functionality enterprise IT demands ­ increased reliability, availability, scalability and lower TOC through ease of administration. Just how successful Microsoft has been in this endeavor to this point is a good question to ponder.

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