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MS launches Windows Server 2003 R2

Microsoft also showcased a range of its infrastructure server offerings including Windows Storage Server and Compute Cluster Server 2003 beta 2.

india Updated: Feb 08, 2006 17:03 IST

Microsoft Corporation India on Wednesday announced the availability of Windows Server 2003 R2 (Release 2). Windows Server 2003 R2 delivers new capabilities and value for customers.

The product delivers simplified branch server management, improves identity and access management, reduced storage management costs, provides a rich web platform and cost effective server virtualisation.

At the event, Microsoft also showcased a range of its infrastructure server offerings including Windows Storage Server, Compute Cluster Server 2003 beta 2 and Virtual Server 2005 Release 2.

At the event, Microsoft also said that in the period July–June 2005 over 2004, sales of Windows Server have grown faster than the market itself. As per IDC, the server hardware market grew by approximately 38 per cent year-on-year, while the Microsoft Windows Server units have grown by 45 per cent during the same period.

Discussing Microsoft’s Infrastructure Server offerings, Amit Kumar, Senior Product Manger - Windows Server, Microsoft India said, "For IT investments to be successful and provide strategic value in the long term, making the right investments in the infrastructure is critical as this forms the foundation for the future. Our range of infrastructure offerings will provide Indian enterprises with a robust, secure, scalable and reliable platform for their enterprise applications and solutions."

Microsoft also announced the availability of ISA Server 2004 Service Pack 2, which includes specific enhancements for branch office security and management. ISA Server 2004 SP2 integrates with Windows Server 2003 R2 to provide advanced policy-based protection for branch office servers and clients.

In addition, Microsoft released its Branch Office Infrastructure Solution (BOIS) update, which includes more concise instruction as well as an updated architecture planning model, new downloadable templates that can be modified to suit the realities of any environment and reflects improvements made in Windows Server 2003 R2 and other product improvements, such as ISA Server 2004 SP2.

First Published: Feb 08, 2006 17:03 IST