IBM has announced a new channel initiative to welcome the arrival of Windows 2000 next month.
Big Blue describes itself as Microsoft's biggest roll out partner for Windows 2000, despite the two companies' history of competing on the operating system front.
IBM claims to have 6,000 Windows experts and expects to have 1,200 certified professionals in its services operation by the end of this year. It is rolling out a total of 300,000 seats of Windows 2000 internally.
Ralph Martino, vice president of the personal systems group, said IBM had put together the Business Partner Fast Start Program for Windows 2000. This would include some integration and migration services, as well as industry specific programs.
The channel initiative includes IBM's System Installation Tool Kit, for fast set-up of Windows 2000 on IBM PCs and Intel servers. Netfinity e-tools would be available for Intel server customers.
The Professional Upgrade Kit includes training information, device drivers and support details. The company will also hold online training and offer on-site education programs to business partners.
All systems will be preloaded with Windows 2000 after the 17 February launch.
Hewlett-Packard today also announced its service and support program for Windows 2000 customers. This will include consulting, migration services, license management and IT training.
The consulting services include Readiness Assessment, Active Directory Planning and Design, Server and Storage Consolidation, Proof-of-concept Testing, and Windows 2000 Migration Planning and Implementation.
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