The Server “Portfolio” of Microsoft 2008 R2

September 15, 2009

There is common confusion among the Microsoft clients of Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans: How many editions of Server 2008 R2 are scheduled for release and which version is appropriate for their particular business?

Each of the seven Windows Server 2008 R2 editions provides key functionality to support any sized business and IT challenge.  Microsoft is releasing a plethora of Server 2008 R2 versions of its newest Windows Server operating system. Designed to help organizations reduce operating costs and increase efficiencies, Windows Server 2008 R2 provides enhanced management control over resources across the enterprise. It is designed to provide better energy efficiency and performance by reducing power consumption and lowering overhead costs. It also helps provide improved branch office capabilities, exciting new remote access experiences, streamlined server management, and expands the Microsoft virtualization strategy for both client and server computers.

Windows Server 2008 R2 was designed to perform as well or better for the same hardware base as Windows Server 2008. In addition, R2 is the first Windows Server operating system to move solely to a 64-bit architecture.

Windows Server 2008 R2 introduces a new type of connectivity called DirectAccess—a powerful way for remote users to seamlessly access corporate resources without requiring a traditional VPN connection and client software. Using technologies that shipped in Windows Server 2008, Microsoft has added simple management wizards that enable administrators to configure SSTP and IPv6 across both R2 and Windows 7 clients to enable the basic DirectAccess connection, and then augment that connection with additional R2 management and security tools, including management policies and NAP.

Which Windows Server 2008 R2 is a good fit for your business?  Contact Onsite Computer Services in New Orleans for the complete Server 2008 R2 story.


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