The Windows Datacenter Server Limited Edition is scheduled for release in early 2002 and will be marketed to enterprises that require a server operating environment that provides high-level database performance and scalability in single-server machines that have 16 or more processors.
"Windows Datacenter Server Limited Edition continues to build on the great enterprise-class features and functionality we introduced in Windows 2000 Datacenter Server," Cliff Reeves, vice president of the Windows .NET Server Solutions Group at Microsoft said in a prepared statement
"We made a commitment to our enterprise customers to develop cost-effective products that meet the high levels of performance, scalability, reliability, and serviceability they demand. Windows Datacenter Server Limited Edition further delivers on this promise," Reeves added.
Windows Datacenter Server Limited Edition will be tuned and optimized for enterprises in the financial services, telecommunications, and ISP markets. It is also designed for retail customers with large-scale database workloads or any enterprise that needs reliable high-end drivers and software, as the product was developed to work optimally in high-traffic computer networks.
The server will include features to better manage online transaction processing for e-commerce, online analytical processing, and data warehousing and data mining.
Participating computer hardware manufacturers will oversee the server's distribution.
Microsoft considers Windows 2000 Datacenter Server its most powerful and functional server operating system thus far. The server supports up to 32-way symmetric multiprocessing and up to 64 GB of physical memory. Load balancing services and 4-node clustering are standard features, as are the Internet and network operating system services offered with other versions of Windows 2000 server.