Redmond, Washington – (The Hosting News) – December 7, 2005 – Computer software giant, Microsoft Corp., has released Windows Server 2003 R2. Based on Microsoft Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1, Windows Server 2003 R2 delivers new capabilities and value for customers in the areas of branch-office management, identity and access management, virtualization, data storage and Web platform technologies.
The product will be available to customers within 60 days.
Bob Muglia, Senior Vice President of Server and Tools at Microsoft commented on the product release, ”Windows Server 2003 R2 builds on the proven reliability and security of Windows Server 2003 and introduces new functionality and benefits in key workloads and scenarios. R2 presents our customers with an array of new ways to reduce cost and complexity, boost end-user productivity, and increase the strategic value of their IT systems.”
In a webcast today, Muglia discussed how Windows Server 2003 R2 represents significant progress for the five Windows Server customer promises, areas in which Microsoft is committed to making a fundamental difference in customers’ infrastructure over the next five to 10 years. He made several product and partnership announcements within the context of the promises.
Remote locations connected to an organizational hub or headquarters over a network account for nearly 25 percent of the installed base of x86 servers in the United States. Such offices are largely reliant on Windows infrastructure and typically require extra resources and management to achieve network and application performance equivalent to that at their headquarters’ facilities. Through faster data replication and advanced compression technologies, Windows Server 2003 R2 helps branch offices overcome wide area network bandwidth issues and limited IT resources, resulting in improved branch office server performance and employee productivity.
Craig Fletcher, IT Operations Manager for ARCADIS, a global engineering and construction company, ”We estimate that Windows Server 2003 R2 will eliminate the productivity losses caused by server downtime – worth an estimated $240,000. Companywide backup-related productivity savings amount to an estimated $222,383 per year.”
Microsoft Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2 (SBS 2003 R2) is scheduled for release in the second quarter of 2006. SBS 2003 R2 will help small businesses improve their productivity by providing automated, networkwide patch and update management, increased mailbox limits, SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition technology for SBS 2003 R2 Premium Edition customers, and expanded client access license rights for access to additional Microsoft Exchange 2003 and SQL Server 2005 Workgroup Edition servers in the SBS 2003 R2 network.
To learn more, please visit: www.microsoft.com.