Tom Yager von Infoworld war bisher nicht ein grosser Microsoft Fan. So wählte er MacOSX noch vor zwei Jahren als bestes Server OS. Nach einer sehr langen, ausführlichen Testzeit musste er jedoch zugeben, dass Windows Server 2008 ein sehr gutes Produkt ist:

Highlights:

· Microsoft's slimmer and stronger server OS, bolstered by virtualization, networking, and security advances, is an upgrade that IT can't refuse, a 200-pound gorilla that eats commercial Linux”

· “For example, Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0 has split Web application services functionality into some 40 independently loadable plug-ins. It is similar in concept to Apache's modular approach, but IIS's approach is safer, more transparent, and much easier to manage.”

· “Seen another way, Microsoft has executed Windows Server 2008 in a way that makes commercial Linux far less appealing. In those places where Linux might be seen as a good fit for its performance and small footprint, any Windows Server 2008 SKU, including the painlessly priced Windows Server 2008 Web and the Windows Server Core license that rides along with all Windows Server 2008 SKUs, all but slams the door shut on Linux in a Windows shop; Linux is just an impossible sell in Windows shops.”

· “The Hyper-V hypervisor (currently beta, due Q3) and virtual machine management tools baked into Windows Server 2008 Standard will go a long way toward taking Microsoft server virtualization beyond a poor man's alternative to VMware.”

· “Linux is just an impossible sell in Windows shops. That's not because Microsoft has exerted some evil monopolistic power over the enterprise OS market, but because Microsoft made the IT-friendly technical, licensing, and packaging decisions that leave very few gaps, if any, left to fill.”

· “But Microsoft's virtualization has three unique advantages: It costs nothing, its administration is integrated into Microsoft's other server management tools, and Windows Server 2008 is the only host OS it needs to support. In that last case, Windows shops derive a serious performance and scalability kick from the fact that Microsoft's virtualization is proprietary.”

· “A whole new level of manageability is enabled by what I consider to be an essential add-on to Windows Server 2008. Microsoft's System Center Virtual Machine Manager adds intelligent monitoring, provisioning, and placement of virtual machine images and workloads across your network.”

· “Seriously? Absolutely. BitLocker local disk encryption can be defined as an enforced remote access policy. Users like encryption for privacy, but IT will love BitLocker.”

· “In the recent past, I have taken the position that IT shouldn't be forced into Vista. After working Vista with Windows Server 2008, especially Terminal Services, I have reversed my position. As you migrate from Windows Server 2003 to 2008, upgrade your clients as well.”

· “Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is technically advanced, and the combination of new features in the new OS with features found in Windows Server 2003 have the potential to boggle the mind and overwhelm servers. But Windows Server 2008's management tools, both built in and provided by System Center, absorb the shock and noise that come with a more powerful engine. Windows Server 2008 outguns Windows Server 2003 in features and throughput, especially with Hyper-V kicked in, to an extent that makes an upgrade essential. This, too, is a reversal of my previously expressed opinions on the subject.”

· “My experience has left me extremely impressed. Windows Server 2008 on large-scale, virtualized enterprise servers will make alternatives a very hard sell.”

 

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By Tom Yager, InfoWorld, 2/25/2008