DALLAS, May 21, 1999 — As TechEd ’99 kicked off today in Dallas, Brian Valentine, vice president of Microsoft’s Business Enterprise Division, showed how companies like IBM, Intel and Sequent are developing innovative new technologies that extend the reliability and scalability of Windows 2000, while keeping the total cost of ownership low. Valentine outlined some key features of Windows 2000, highlighting the efforts Microsoft and its partners have made to meet the price and performance needs of their customers.
In his keynote address to more than 10,000 developers and information technology (IT) professionals, Valentine showcased Physical Address Extension technology from Intel that enables large memory support, server cluster support and maintenance technology from IBM, and workflow management technology from Sequent, as well as some of the key software innovations behind Windows 2000 — including IntelliMirror and Active Directory. Valentine also provided an inside look at the deployment of Windows 2000 within Microsoft and outlined early support for Windows 2000 from customers, partners and hardware vendors.
Produced by Microsoft in conjunction with several key technology companies — including Compaq, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Seagate Software, Siemens, Sterling Software and Veritas — the TechEd conference is an annual event designed to educate and train developers and IT professionals on how to build solutions on Microsoft’s platforms and tools. The eight-day conference includes hundreds of sessions focusing on IT operations management, plus more than 240 sessions for developers who are writing applications for the Windows platform. The event serves as a “launch pad” for customers to stay connected to Microsoft products, programs, resources and events for the coming year.