MCS First to Market With W2K Certification
- By Scott Bekker
Just because you're following the leader doesn't mean you've lost the race.
While BMC Software Inc.'s BMC (www.bmc.com) Patrol was the first software to be certified for Windows 2000 Server, it will not be released to the market until April. In the meantime, Mission Critical Software Inc. (MCS, www.missioncritical.com) has announced that its OnePoint Operations Manager is the first product currently available on the market to bear the "Certified for Windows 2000" seal of approval from VeriTest Inc. (www.veritest.com).
Operations Manager, which shipped in the fourth quarter of 1999, was rewritten and developed using the Windows DNA architecture. It extensively uses, exploits, and operationally manages Windows 2000-based technologies such as COM+, Windows Management Instrumentation (WMI), Microsoft Software Installer, and Active Directory. Specifically, Operations Manager provides enhanced operations, application, and service level management of Active Directory, Windows 2000, Microsoft Exchange, and other business and Internet applications.
In order to receive the "Certified for Microsoft Windows 2000" logo, third-party products must first undergo and pass rigorous testing by independent testing lab VeriTest. Additionally, the products must comply with strict technical requirements regarding user interface, installation, data accessibility and manageability, component sharing, and power management as outlined in Microsoft's Application Specification for Windows 2000. - Isaac Slepner
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.