Windows Server is a brand name for a group of operating systems released by Microsoft. Windows Server 2008 is a representative. When it comes to Windows Server 2008, some of its users will firstly think of its password policies, say, password must meet the complex requirement, which make many of its users troubled by Windows Server 2008 reset password when they forgot the password. Others may also be impressed by Windows Server 2008 Enterprise, a version for enterprise users. With the release of Windows 7 and Windows 8, is Windows Server 2008 outdated to enterprise now?
Last year, Microsoft has announced that its free technical support for Windows Server 2008 will be extended for another 18 months. In mainstream support, Microsoft offers security patches, general fixes and feature updates for free. During extended support, which runs five years beyond mainstream support, Microsoft will offer free security updates only but will provide non-security-related bug fixes for a price.
The extension of Windows Server 2008 technical support is not groundless. In spite of the release of Windows 8 and Windows 7, there actually are many enterprises that are using Windows Server 2008, the old but stable system. As said by Peter Sondergaard, director of Gartner Research, “however good the prospects look for Windows 8 in the consumer market or for tablets, there are no compelling business imperatives to drive legacy devices in business toward Windows 8.” Of course, Windows 7 has also been accepted by more and more enterprises. However, Windows Server 2008 has never been outdated to enterprise users for its satisfactory security performance.
When compared with other OS, Windows Server 2008 is outstanding for its abilities to consolidate servers, to manage hardware effectively, to remotely manage hardware without the graphical traffic, and to radically alter the system security model, etc. Windows Server 2008 can be used as a super workstation, which is suitable for enterprises.
According to Microsoft, Windows Server 2008 is designed to power the next generation of networks, applications and Web services. Windows Server 2008 provides a solid foundation for business workloads with a new server manager that provides a uniform management console to simplify and streamline system setup, configuration and ongoing management. In terms of transfer speeds with new Web tools, security enhancements, virtualization technologies, and management utilities to help save time, reduce costs and provide a solid foundation for IT infrastructure, Windows Server 2008 is 45 times faster than Windows Server 2003. In addition, with PowerShell and System Center in Windows Server 2008, enterprise users can easily manage the system automatically.
As we all know, Windows 7 has enjoyed the most usage share in OS market and its users cover many enterprise users. The future of Windows Server 2008 in business is difficult to predict, I want to say. However, by now, Windows Server 2008 is still a good choice for small or big enterprises. At least, before the expire data of technical support from Microsoft, it is sensible to have Windows Server 2008 as your system with regard to system security and working efficiency.