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Tech - Computers

 March 02, 2001
Dell And Microsoft Small Business Server 2000

 Dell Computer Corporation today announced that it will make it easy for small businesses to install and run powerful business software by offering factory installation of Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 on the company's award-winning line of PowerEdge servers.

Dell will offer its customers the ability to order and receive a pre-configured server with the software already installed directly from the factory. This capability enables Dell small business customers to get up and running quickly with hardware and software that can help them streamline business operations, manage customer relationships, use information more efficiently, and make better informed business decisions almost as soon as they can get the server out of the box.

"The ability to order a system and have it up and running with minimal technical expertise is of tremendous value to small businesses," said Braden Waverley, Vice President, Home and Small Business, Dell Canada. "Dell is offering this capability by installing Microsoft Small Business Server in the factory and shipping it directly to the customer."

Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 is an integrated software suite for Internet access, email, collaborative computing, shared printing and data management. The software includes the Microsoft Windows 2000 Server operating system, Microsoft Exchange Server 2000 with Microsoft Outlook 2000 for client applications, Microsoft Internet Security and Acceleration Server 2000, Microsoft SQL Server 2000 and Microsoft Front Page 2000, as well as shared fax and modem services and new features that make it easier to deploy and manage the system.

"Microsoft Small Business Server 2000 delivers critical business functionality, integrated for simplified use and management, for only slightly more money than a traditional operating system license," said Katy Hunter, Microsoft Group Product Manager. "It is an ideal solution for small businesses purchasing their first servers, especially when it comes factory installed from a company like Dell."

Dell worked directly with Microsoft to test and develop the new software. Dell not only tested the application and certified it for use on its line of PowerEdge servers, but also worked with its small business customers to provide Microsoft feedback on necessary features, how various wizards within the software should work and ways to streamline the installation process. Dell provided hardware to Microsoft for testing and development and Microsoft based its Small Business Server 2000 performance metrics on tests performed on a Dell PowerEdge 2400 server.

Microsoft Small Business Server is expected to be available for factory installation worldwide on Dell PowerEdge 300, 1400, 2400, and 4400 servers in spring 2001.