ISP Industry Support for Windows 2000 Grows

BALTIMORE, April 3, 2001 — Windows® 2000 operating system among ISPs and outlining the opportunities created by Microsoft .NET for the ISP industry will be the focus of Microsoft Corp.’s activities at the ISPCON Spring 2001 trade show. Microsoft will demonstrate how its products and .NET strategy will further enable ISPs to offer new, next-generation Internet services to best meet their customers’ needs. Microsoft .NET is a platform for building integrated Web services that will drive the next-generation Internet to make information available any time, any place, on any device.

“ISPs know more than anyone how viable the .NET strategy of seamless, integrated Web services really is and what it means to their business and customers,”
said Pieter Knook, vice president of the Network Service Providers Group at Microsoft.
“At ISPCON, ISPs will be able to see firsthand how they can benefit today from Microsoft .NET and the technologies that support it. As ISPs look for the most reliable and visionary technologies upon which to base their own services, they are increasingly turning to Microsoft products and programs as a strong foundation.”

Windows 2000 Gains Traction With ISPs

ISPs such as Interland Inc. and iNNERHOST Inc. have reported increased performance with Windows 2000. For example, Interland has migrated approximately 50 percent of its Windows-based servers to Windows 2000 and is experiencing fourfold increases in performance and customer density.

“Windows 2000 remains the platform of choice for a majority of our customers to deploy high-performance applications and complex database solutions,”
said Robert Malally, chief technology officer for Interland.
“The added scalability, performance and stability of Windows 2000 has allowed Interland to host four times as many Web sites and ensures that our customers’ sites are always available, especially during periods of peak demand.”

Web hosting company iNNERHOST also has reported positive results.
“Windows 2000 is the most reliable Windows system available, both in capabilities and ease of configuration,”
said Steve Collins, senior vice president of technology for iNNERHOST.
“The simplicity of Windows 2000 can be summed up in a single phrase: ‘Load, configure and walk away.’ The cost savings we associated with using Windows 2000 are due for the most part to its phenomenal ability to simplify the management of our complex hosting systems.”

Since its release last year, Windows 2000 has received steady and growing attention in the ISP industry. Today, about 20 percent of the nearly 5,000 ISPs in the United States have received Microsoft training on Windows 2000. In addition, the number of ISPs adopting Windows 2000 as the basis for their services has grown since October 2000, when Microsoft initiated its Windows Web Hoster Program, an initiative aimed at helping ISPs adopt Windows 2000. To date, more than 740 ISPs have taken advantage of the program’s resources, which include a free copy of Windows 2000 Advanced Server, as well as advanced training and support. Further program information can be obtained at .

Microsoft Products Offer Additional Opportunities

In addition to Windows, Microsoft FrontPage® Web site creation and management tool, Internet Explorer and Visual Studio® development system provide opportunities for ISPs.

  • FrontPage: The Web Presence Provider Program for Microsoft FrontPage allows ISPs to expand their Web site hosting services and customer base among the more than
    5 million current users of FrontPage. By participating in the program, ISPs can offer their customers SharePoint™
    Team Services, a pre-built Web site to help manage team projects and collaborate more effectively. SharePoint Team Services offers ISPs an effective way to build and extend their services for small and large organizations. Further information about the WPP program can be obtained at .

  • Internet Explorer: An administrative kit for Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 offers ISPs not only the internal communication and administrative functions associated with the product, but also allows them to brand and customize the Microsoft Internet Explorer browser for their customers, enhancing the user experience.

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