Microsoft Steps Against Linux with 8 Flavors of Windows Server 2008

Microsoft is beginning to increasingly focus on outlining its strategy against Linux on the server operating system market, and Windows Server 2008, formerly codenamed Longhorn, is positioned as an ace up its sleeve.

After having delayed the release to manufacturing date of Windows Server 2008 from the end of 2007 to early 2008, the Redmond company now confirmed yet again that its last 32-bit server operating system will indeed ship on February 27, 2008.

Moreover, Bob Kelly, corporate vice president of Infrastructure Server Marketing at Microsoft, revealed that Windows Server 2008 is approaching the final stage of development at fast pace. Kelly stressed the success of the server platform delivered as early as the testing phase, through the adoption of preview milestones starting with Beta 3 build.

"Windows Server 2008 redefines what a server operating system delivers to customers," said Kelly, present at the TechEd IT Forum 2007 in Barcelona, Spain. "With more than 1 million downloads and evaluation copies, we’ve built Windows Server 2008 based on a solid foundation of customer feedback, which is reflected in the product’s ease of management, security enhancements and overall reliability. The unprecedented range of customer choices and the virtualization enhancements will help customers tailor solutions built to fit virtually any business need."

Although on the Windows client market, Microsoft's dominant position is undisputed, on the server side, the Redmond company, despite owning the lion's share, is faced with the increasing adoption of the Linux open source operating system. In this context, Windows Server 2008 is positioned as a veritable Linux killer. And Microsoft is preparing a luxuriant set of offerings, with no less than eight flavors of the platform, all based on the firmament that is the basic Windows Server 2008.

"Windows Web Server 2008. Designed to be used as a single-purpose Web server, Windows Web Server 2008 delivers a rock-solid foundation of Web infrastructure capabilities in the next-generation Windows Server 2008. Integrated with the newly re-architected Internet Information Services (IIS) 7.0, ASP.NET, and the Microsoft .NET Framework, Windows Web Server 2008 helps enable any organization rapidly deploy Web pages, Web sites, Web applications and Web services," Microsoft revealed.

On top of the basic Windows Server 2008, customers will also have access to the following SKUs: Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows Server 2008 Enterprise and Windows Server 2008 Datacenter. These three editions will each come in two variants with and without Hyper-V, the hypervisor technology formerly codenamed Viridian. Last, but not least, Microsoft will also deliver Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems. All SKUs will cover both 32-bit or 64-bit infrastructures. Exception to this rule makes Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems (exclusively x64). And in addition customers can access a 64-bit edition of Web server, dubbed Windows Web Server 2008 and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

Here is a list with all the Windows Home Server SKUs and their price tags:

- Windows Server 2008 Standard: $999 (with five Client Access Licenses, or CALs)
- Windows Server 2008 Enterprise: $3,999 (with 25 CALs)
- Windows Server 2008 Datacenter: $2,999 (per processor)
- Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-based Systems: $2,999 (per processor)
- Windows Web Server 2008: $469
- Windows Server 2008 Standard without Hyper-V: $971 (with five CALs)
- Windows Server 2008 Enterprise without Hyper-V: $3,971 (with 25 CALs)
- Windows Server 2008 Datacenter without Hyper-V: $2,971 (per processor)


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kozmcrae @ November 13, 2007 at 12:11 PM

When you are Microsoft, Linux isn't something you "step against", it's something you "step in".

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