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Company announces new solutions, promotional offers and joint efforts with partners to help customers realize the benefits of Windows Server 2003 R2


10 February 2006 - Microsoft Philippines today launched Windows Server 2003 R2 in the country. 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.

“Windows Server 2003 R2 is founded on the proven reliability and security of Windows Server 2003 and introduces new functionality and benefits in key workloads and scenarios,” said Nicky Eala, Microsoft Philippines product manager for Windows Server. “With R2, we are able to provide 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.”

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.


The Right Server for the Right Job: Simplified Branch Server Management

Windows Server 2003 R2 provides underlying technology that can be used to simplify integration of branch office servers into larger enterprise IT environments. With Windows Server 2003 R2, the performance, availability and productivity benefits of a local branch office server are maintained while avoiding the negative issues that are typically associated with branch office environments, such as limited connectivity and management overhead.


Self-Managing Dynamic Systems: Virtualization and WS-Management

Virtualization is a key technology to help IT departments overcome physical infrastructure limitations, more nimbly deploy services, and progress toward dynamic systems that are more responsive to business requirements. When implemented with Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2, Windows Server 2003 R2 is a cost-effective platform for virtualization, enabling customers to improve operational efficiency through server consolidation, legacy application migration, disaster recovery, and software testing and development.
Windows Server 2003 R2 also includes support for WS-Management, a Web services specification that addresses the cost and complexity of IT management by providing a common way for systems to access and exchange management information:


Universal Distributed Storage: Efficient Storage Management

Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 provides new functionality designed to greatly simplify storage management for all storage architectures. With the continuous growth of storage needs fueled by new compliance requirements and the deployment of new data-intensive applications, managing storage growth and provisioning storage have become time-demanding tasks for information technology (IT) administrators. Two new features in Windows Server 2003 R2—the File Server Resource Manager and Storage Manager for Storage Area Networks (SANs)—are designed to simplify these tasks.

End-to-End Connected Systems: A Powerful Web Platform and UNIX Interoperability

Windows Server 2003 R2 helps customers efficiently extend their business infrastructure over the Web while reducing development and management costs. With Windows Server 2003 R2, customers get the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 and ASP.NET 2.0 which, when combined with Windows SharePoint Services and Internet Information Services (IIS) 6.0, offer a more secure, reliable, scalable and easy-to-manage Web platform.

Windows Server 2003 R2 also provides a full range of cross-platform services for connecting Windows and UNIX-based environments. Using this functionality, IT professionals can transfer UNIX-based tools and application code they are already familiar with to the Windows platform and provide cross-platform authentication, file sharing and identity management. As a result, customers will retain the value of their investments in UNIX applications, be able to update UNIX code with Windows technology, and avoid expending time and effort on application rewrites.


Secure, Anywhere Access: Simplifying Identity and Access Management

With technologies such as Active Directory® Federation Services (ADFS), Active Directory Application Mode (ADAM) and Identity Management for UNIX, Windows Server 2003 R2 delivers functionality that extends control of identity management for internal and external collaboration. As a result, customers can maintain more secure collaboration with partners, improve regulatory compliance, increase IT and end-user efficiency through single
sign-on and ensure heterogeneous system interoperability via Web services standards. Third parties are developing interoperability with ADFS to extend the role of Active Directory identity services in their organizations for Web single sign-on and identity federation.

Overall, more than 30 software vendors, hardware manufacturers and solution providers have already committed to building on or supporting Windows Server 2003 R2 with their products and solutions.

Adds Eala, “We at Microsoft continuously strive to improve our products, to deliver and surpass what our customers want out of our software. The innovations in Windows Server 2003 R2 greatly enhance the Windows Server System to allow our customers a more cost-effective and productive IT system.”

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For more information, press only:
Winnie Nieva (winnie.nieva@perceptions-inc.com, +632 8913396)
Mae Rivera-Moreno (mrivera@microsoft.com, +632 8118613)

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