'In Win2K We Trust'; With 2003 We Just Experiment

by Hinesh Jethwani    Jan 14, 2004

Windows 2003 Server has found few takers, and is struggling to gain respectability on the mission critical application front. Most companies today are running their network infrastructure on the stable Windows 2000 platform, cautiously experimenting on the side with Windows 2003 and open source options.

Microsoft’s move of slamming the door on Windows 2000 was a Â’shut and open’ strategy, compelling users to migrate to the 2003 platform. The plan doesn’t seem to be working, as customers refuse to budge from the Â’tried and tested’ Win2K system, which has almost become an industry standard of sorts.

Engineers India Limited (EIL) is one such company. Speaking to CXOtoday, HMM Swamy, general manager, IT services, EIL, said, “We are very new to the Windows 2003 platform, and therefore the OS has been put to minimal use in our server network. A majority of our Intel based servers are running on Windows 2000 and Novell NetWare 5.0. The Windows 2003 server is currently supporting Citrix, which provides remote access to our offices outside Delhi.’

Forbes Infotainment, which deployed a Windows 2003 network in a full-fledged online lottery project, ended up paying a heavy price for its Â’gamble’. The company eventually had to shelve the Windows 2003 server platform, and migrate to Linux. (Read the complete story on CXOtoday)

Detailing the issue, M D Agrawal, CTO, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), said, “IT vendors are increasingly adopting the attitude of pushing newer versions of software’s, which demand a total overhaul of previous legacy systems, at least as far as running earlier applications on new systems is concerned. CXO’s should learn how to counter this approach of IT vendors.”

However, for most users, like CXOtoday reader Josh Hansen, from Utah, USA, waiting for Microsoft’s service pack 1 for Windows 2003 Server, seems like the smartest option.