Dear Windows Server 2003,
Ten years ago, Microsoft brought you into my life. You were new, fresh, interesting – the server OS of my dreams. You dramatically improved Active Directory to truly enable single sign-on within my enterprise, and introduced me to Hyper Threading, IPv6, the Microsoft .NET Framework, and the key technologies that have evolved to what we now know as Server Manager and PowerShell for the first time. But now, 10 years later, a lot has changed. Just not you.
Think back: ten years ago, there was no Facebook, no Twitter – nothing, for that matter, that we referred to as “social networking.” When we met, I used my cell phone for calling, not checking sports scores. iTunes was just becoming a “thing.” A gallon of gas cost, on average, $1.83, and the Concorde was still flying on that inexpensive fuel. An HDTV flat screen of modest (by today’s standards) size cost at least $5,000, but even if I had had one, there was barely any HD programming to watch. The Prius had just become available, and Lance Armstrong had just won his 5th Tour de France title. And, of course, the “cloud” was in the “sky” and was a portent, mostly, of which way the weather would go.
I’ve changed, too. Now, I see that the cloud is the future of IT: and Windows Server 2012 is powering that transition as a key component of the “cloud OS.” I was just beginning to hear about virtualization to address server sprawl after we met, and because you didn't have it, you forced me into the arms of VMware. Now I don't have to cheat: Windows Server 2012 has Hyper-V, with great TCO on virtualization that VMware can't match. And there’s more.
What I really mean, though, is that hardware and software are co-evolving. But not you. You, Windows Server 2003, have been a great server operating system – but your hardware, and the places you like to hang out, just aren’t what I need.
When the world of apps and hardware have both changed as much as they have, it’s time for me to rethink my OS. Windows Server 2012 and I get major advancements in storage, networking, data recovery, and more. To drive the innovation, agility, and cost savings I need, I need the cloud, and I need Windows Server 2012.
I’m sorry to end it this way. You won’t see me tonight. Windows Server 2012 and I are going to be building a private cloud to celebrate.
Love, Your IT Pro
This is one of the best post's I've read all year! AWESOME!
Very good Thank you Letter :) i like it
Nice piece of Microsoft PR bs
Hice and true. Ws2003 was a great os server.
I just love this post ;)
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