WindowsServer® 2008 Release 2 is the newest Windows Server operating system from Microsoft. It is designed to help organizations reduce operating costs and increase efficiencies across the enterprise, providing:

  • Enhanced management control
  • Reduced power consumption
  • Improved branch office capabilities
  • New remote access experiences
  • Streamlined server management
  • Expanded virtualization capabilities

Here are 10 great reasons why you should migrate or upgrade:

  • Powerful hardware and scaling features with new CPU - Specific enhancements offer improved memory management and greater virtual machine consolidation ratios per physical host
  • Reduced power consumption - This is achieved through dynamically adjusting processor performance states and adding Core Parking; expanded, power-oriented Group Policy settings; and greater power management control over client PCs.
  • Hyper-V™ in Windows Server 2008 R2 - This augments both existing virtual machine management as well as addresses specific IT challenges, especially around server migration. This moves between physical targets now happen in milliseconds – invisible to connected users. Also included are updated failover clusters management capabilities, and the ability to add and remove Virtual Hard Disks (VHDs) without requiring a reboot and also boot from VHD.
  • Virtual Desktop Integration technology (VDI) - This extends the functionality of Terminal Services to deliver certain business programs to their employee’s remote desktops. With VDI, programs that Remote Desktop Services sends to a computer are now available on the Start menu right alongside programs that are locally installed.
  • Easier, more efficient server management - This is accomplished through the incorporation of new tools that reduce the complexity and workload for day-to-day server managers.
  • Improved data management - New File Classification Infrastructure (FCI) builds an extensible and automated classification mechanism on top of existing shared file architectures.
  • Ubiquitous remote access - A new type of connectivity called DirectAccess — a powerful way for remote users to seamlessly access corporate resources without requiring a traditional virtual private network connection and client software. Now every user is considered remote all of the time with distinctions between local and remote connections handled in the background.
  • Improved branch office performance and management - A new feature called BranchCache reduces wide area network utilization and improves the responsiveness of network applications.
  • Simplified management for small businesses - Multiple product offerings and new management tools simplify management for small business.
  • The strongest Web and application server to date - The new Internet Information Services 7.5 (IIS 7.5) integrates new support and troubleshooting features.