First and Foremost,  I need to say on behalf of myself and Microsoft:

THANK YOU! 

Thank you for betting your business’ on Windows Server!  You all have slowly built your data centers on Windows Servers, allowing us to become the preferred giant in your data center and you are not alone.

imageIDC just recently released it’s 4th quarter global server data Worldwide Server Market Rebounds Sharply in Fourth Quarter as Demand for Blades and x86 Systems Leads the Way, According to IDC

In the report they had a interesting note:

Microsoft Windows server demand was positively impacted by the accelerating x86 server market as hardware revenue increased 13.7% and unit shipments increased 5.5% year over year. Quarterly revenue of $5.4 billion for Windows servers represented 41.6% of overall quarterly factory revenue. This is the highest Windows server hardware revenue in two years.

This makes Windows Server the leader.  Oliver Rist wrote a great post (Windows Server Top 5 Benefits for Today's Workforce) that talked about some of the great examples on how Windows Server is leading.  Here are two interesting notes from Oliver’s post:

  • Of the Fortune Top 100 Companies in 2009, 98% are using Windows Server products.
  • According to IDC, Windows Server 2008 is the number 1 server operating system deployed for mission-critical workloads.

Boy have we come a long way from the days of Windows 3.51 Server!

To the Windows Server Product Group: Congratulations on being number 1 in the overall server market and keep it up!

The Windows product team is continuing to improve and innovate, and with Windows Server 2008 R2, you, your business and your administrators will continue to see many improvements to help save costs and save your time.

Windows Server 2008 R2 builds upon the technology from Windows Server 2008.  We have improved power management to help control how much power your servers consume imagein their daily operations.  Windows Server has many new features like:

  • Power-Process Management
  • Core Parking
  • Power Monitoring and Metering

These features in the end will help lower power consumption for your company, which in turn will save your business money.  You also see many other improvements in virtualization (with both Hyper-V, Remote Desktop Services, IIS and features combining the power of Windows Server 2008 R2 and Windows 7 (like Direct Access and BranchCache)

However, in my opinion the single biggest improvements, is to the IT administrators is managing the day to day operations of the server.  There are many key improvements to Active Directory, PowerShell and even backup and recovery.  While some of the improvements may seem minimal, when you start to add together the improvements in time and efficiency, Windows Server 2008 R2 will free up time for your administrators to do other mission critical applications.

IMG_6663 If you want to learn more about the administrative benefits I have the number 1 resource for you. 

My book: Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Administration Instant Reference

I know shameless plug, but my co-author, Chris Henley and myself wanted to share with you practical day-to-day knowledge to help save your administrators time.  We also wanted to explore many of the new administrative enhancements Windows Server 2008 R2 has to offer you and your datacenters! So check out the book, enjoy and let me know what you think!