| 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
“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
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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