Microsoft announced that they are running 20 critical internal systems, including their worldwide sales data warehouse, on SQL Server 2000. In the vendor world, this is referred to as “eating your own dog food”. As is the case with all software vendors lately, Microsoft is pushing e-commerce on the Web and support for XML. SQL Server beta release 2 is available immediately.
Windows 2000. UNIX and mainframe-predominant shops should explore DB2, Oracle 8i, and Informix solutions, as well as other, smaller niche database vendors. In addition, although a company's advanced/emerging technology group may wish to test the beta, no actual applications should be trusted to this server platform until it is in general availability. Microsoft has done extensive testing on SQL Server 2000, but it should be noted that many customers do not commit to Microsoft products until the first