Still A Mystery....
As "simplified" as Microsoft tries to become, just the licensing alone is confusing! What with the Software Assurance vs. the Non-Software Assurance, what WILL be covered from what WON'T be covered? It's still a mystery as to what an admin is supposed to do. Continue on with the version you have and miss out on updates and service packs? Try to upgrade to one of these versions and possible "break" something that was once working fine? I have been working with a company now for upwards of 3 years, and you know what THEIR solution was? Ubuntu Server...Apache Server...Open-XChange Server (for e-mail) And there's no licensing fees, no tiered structure regarding fees or anythingt else of that nature. I think Microsoft is grasping at straws, trying to hold on to a dwindling market, as CTO's / CIO's Network Admins, Architects, and anyone else involved in the day-to-day maintenance, and upkeep of an orgnization's server backend, are discovering that the Open Source community is finally "ready"....they've finally risen to become on par with the Microsoft products and they're exceeding the benchmark in almost ALL categories! But at least I gotta give 'em credit, they've never been one for quitting! SO let's see just how much longer they can maintain their hold on the server market...good luck to 'em!
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