Migrates to Microsoft Windows 2000 To Ensure Top System Stability, Availability and Performance

REDMOND, Wash., May 2, 2000 — Microsoft Corp. today announced that Inc. has quickly deployed the Microsoft® Windows® 2000 platform to provide greatly enhanced server stability, faster installation, increased performance and simplified administration.

The premier employment Web site for IT professionals, migrated its 40 production Web servers to Windows 2000 Server to meet the company’s need for unmatched system availability for its mission-critical, high-volume Web site.
“Our competitive advantage hinges on the continual availability of our entire site,”
said Mike Gilfillan, CEO and founder of
“Windows 2000 has helped us keep a high-volume Web site up at a very low cost, in a very stable and efficient environment.” migrated its Web servers from the Windows NT® 4.0 operating system to Windows 2000 in just under three weeks, while also making major changes to its data center. Since then, the company’s 25 developers have been very impressed by the tremendous improvement in their production environment.

“We have been extremely happy,”
Gilfillan said.
“Our experience shows that Windows 2000-based machines perform flawlessly under the most demanding conditions, which increases the overall positive perceptions of our site.”

In addition, is deploying Windows 2000 Professional on 26 desktops and 12 laptops. With Windows 2000 Professional, Gilfillan said the company is getting the hardware compatibility and ease of use of Windows 98, combined with the stability and power of Windows NT. Gilfillan also applauded the advanced power management capabilities of Windows 2000 Professional. In part, selected Windows 2000 to take advantage of the simplified and centralized administration. The result: The company is able to support its 40 production Web servers with only five site engineers.

“With Windows NT 4.0, whenever you had to adjust something, you had to bring up a different tool,”
said Jack Williams, senior vice president of Product Development and Technology at
“With Windows 2000, machine setup and product management are simplified because you can make all the adjustments using the Management Console.” had yet another goal. The company wanted to bring its production servers online faster to respond to rapidly scaling traffic. Since migrating to Windows 2000, it has easily accomplished this mission. The company has ramped from 10 million page views in January to nearly 20 million page views in April, while cutting installation time by about two-thirds. In addition, Williams expects installation times to decrease further – to only a few minutes per install – once the company begins using the Windows 2000 Active Directory TM service and further automates the process.

“ is a glowing testament to the many reasons dotcom companies choose Windows 2000 to run their e-commerce site,”
said John O’Hara, lead product manager of the Business and Enterprise Division at Microsoft.
“When such companies experience tremendous growth, Windows 2000 provides for a cost-effective scale-out that growing companies require.”

Lastly, Windows 2000 has provided a critical benefit sought by every Internet company: an enhanced user experience for its computer-savvy user base. Since the migration, has found that the delivery speed of HTML and ASP pages has jumped by at least 30 percent.

“We’ve had customers commenting on the responsiveness of the new regions as we rolled the Windows 2000-based machines into areas of the site they use,”
Williams said.
“Increased performance also helps us control our data center growth and simplify management by reducing the number of machines required to service our Web site.”

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