SQL Server 2000 First to Pass W2K Datacenter Certification
- By Scott Bekker
first to cross the application certification finish line for the new Windows
2000 Datacenter Server certification program with its own SQL Server 2000
Enterprise Edition database software.
The fast finish saves Microsoft the embarrassment it
suffered earlier in the process when other vendors earned the logo from the
independent contractor conducting the tests for Microsoft, Veritest, before Microsoft applications
could pass. Meanwhile, test documents confirm earlier rumors that Microsoft was
having trouble getting SQL Server to scale to 32 processors.
The Windows 2000 Datacenter Server certification is the
final and most demanding piece of the new Windows 2000 certification logo
program. With Windows 2000, Microsoft scrapped the old logo program used with
Windows NT and BackOffice for a much stricter standard.
Applications gaining the Windows 2000 certification had to
adhere to a number of design specifications. Almost all applications that ran
on Windows NT can run on Windows 2000. But Microsoft intended only for a few
applications to achieve the higher standard required for the new Windows 2000
As of today, eight applications have passed the Windows 2000
Advanced Server test, 58 applications have passed the Windows 2000 Server test,
and 90 applications have passed the Windows 2000 Professional test.
The Windows 2000 Datacenter Server logo is even more
difficult to get than the other Windows 2000 logos. The applications must
install and run on a 32-processor system, must run in high physical address
extension memory (above 4 GB), must operate correctly under control of Job
Objects, must demonstrate stability under stress, and the vendor must provide a
24X7 support center for customers.
According to the certification results document posted on
the Veritest Web site, the SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition results were
reported on Nov. 29, almost exactly three months after Veritest opened its Los
Angeles lab to Datacenter Server certification testing.
A footnote in the document confirms earlier reports that
Microsoft was having difficulty getting SQL Server 2000 to scale across the 32
processors that Datacenter Server can handle. The report notes that: “As
tested, SQL Server 2000 required a patch to be downloaded and applied on systems
exceeding 20 CPUs. The next service pack release of SQL Server will include
this patch, though in the interim a hotfix is available.”
No mention is made in the results document about whether the
product was tested in the four-node cluster configurations that are possible in
Windows 2000 Datacenter Server.
SQL Server 2000 gained certification on Windows 2000 Server
and Windows 2000 Advanced Server in July. IBM
managed to beat Microsoft to the punch by publicly announcing certification of
its DB2 database software on Microsoft’s own Windows 2000 platform and
certification test before Microsoft could get word out about SQL Server.
Microsoft’s most bitter rival in database software, has shown no intention
of seeking Microsoft’s blessing through the certification process.
Some industry observers contend that the new Windows 2000
logo program will carry its greatest significance among Windows 2000 Datacenter
Server customers, who tend to weigh service and support as much as system
performance in their decisions. – Scott
Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.