LONGHORN TO WINDOWS SERVER 2008

MR. ZAFAR UL ISLAM, TECHNOLOGY SPECIALIST, INFRASTRUCTURE & SECURITY, MICROSOFT PAKISTAN

Mar 03 - 09, 2008

February 27th, 2008 will mark an important day in the history of Microsoft when the software giant will unveil its next generation Server Platform with the global kick-off of its largest product launch in the history of the company.

Windows Server 2008 (a.k.a Longhorn Server) is the most advanced Windows Server operating system yet, designed to power the next-generation of networks, applications, and Web services. With Windows Server 2008 developers and IT professionals can develop, deliver, and manage rich user experiences and applications, provide a highly secure network infrastructure, and increase technological efficiency and value within the organization.

Windows Server 2008 builds on the success and strengths of its Windows Server predecessors while delivering valuable new functionality and powerful improvements to the base operating system. New Web tools, virtualization technologies, security enhancements, and management utilities help save time, reduce costs, and provide a solid foundation for your information technology (IT) infrastructure.

A SOLID FOUNDATION FOR BUSINESS

Windows Server 2008 provides a solid foundation for all server workload and application requirements while also being easy to deploy and manage. Windows PowerShell, a new command-line shell, helps enable administrators to automate routine system administration tasks across multiple servers. Windows Deployment Services provides a simplified, highly secure means of rapidly deploying the operating system via network-based installations. And Windows Server 2008 Failover Clustering wizards, and full Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) support plus consolidated management of Network Load Balancing, make high availability easy to implement even by IT generalists.

VIRTUALIZATION BUILT-IN

Windows Server Hyper-V, the next-generation hypervisor-based server virtualization technology, allows you to make the best use of your server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines running on a single physical machine. You can also efficiently run multiple operating systems - Windows, Linux, and others in parallel on a single server. With Hyper-V and simple licensing policies, it's now easier than ever to take advantage of the cost savings of virtualization.

BUILT FOR THE WEB

Windows Server 2008 comes with Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS 7.0), a Web server and security-enhanced, easy-to-manage platform for developing and reliably hosting Web applications and services.

SECURITY AND COMPLIANCE

Windows Server 2008 is the most secure Windows Server yet. The operating system has been hardened to help protect against failure and several new technologies help prevent unauthorized connections to your networks, servers, data, and user accounts. Built in Network Access Protection (NAP) feature helps ensure that computers that try to connect to your network comply with your organization's security policy. Windows Server 2008 simplifies administration of the servers in branch offices with enhancements to Active Directory, including Read-Only Domain Controllers and administrative role separation. Technologies like BitLocker and the Server Core installation option are specific features that help increase security and address the unique needs of branch offices

CENTRALIZED APPLICATION ACCESS

With Windows Server 2008, users will have highly secure access to internal applications through firewall-friendly ports. With Windows Server Terminal Services RemoteApp, only the application window, not the entire remote desktop, launches and runs in its own resizable, interactive window on the client computer's desktop

HIGH PERFORMANCE COMPUTING

The benefits and cost savings of Windows Server 2008 extend to Windows HPC Server 2008 for your high performance computing (HPC) environment. Windows HPC Server 2008 is built on Windows Server 2008, x64-bit technology and can efficiently scale to thousands of processing cores with out-of-the-box functionality to improve the productivity, and reduce the complexity of your HPC environment.

Several popular internet web sites like msn.com, myspace.com, and match.com have already deployed Windows Server 2008 in production supporting millions of users.