Dell Computer claims that it has already bitten the Windows 2000 bullet and introduced the operating system into its business.
Michael Dell, the direct PC supplier's founder and chief executive, said the company moved its Dell.com ecommerce website over to Windows 2000 last Thursday, even though the operating system is not scheduled to ship officially until 17 February.
Dell is also about to start rolling out 35,000 mailboxes worldwide based on Microsoft's Exchange, which will also run on Windows 2000. The rest of the business will follow suit.
"The TCP/IP stacks are more efficient with Windows 2000," said Dell at the Windows 2000 conference in San Francisco on Tuesday. "We get three million customers per day on our website and so by swapping out the operating system, we believe that we are getting an average 20 per cent gain in performance.
"We make 50 per cent of our sales through our website. Some 80 per cent of the web pages are static and 20 per cent dynamic, but we estimate that customers with web pages that are 100 per cent static will see a 75 per cent performance improvement."
Dell predicts that 20 times more servers will be installed in business over the next five years because of the rise of the internet.
"The success of business will rest on how well the IT infrastructure can deal with the internet. It will be as fundamental in business as electricity is, but we need the infrastructure in the same way as the electricity industry does," he said.
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