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Microsoft Expands Edge Network and Cloud-Based Services With Virtualization

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Executive Summary

Microsoft is expanding its Edge network by taking advantage of Windows Server 2008 with Hyper-V and Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2008. The company can deploy servers in minutes instead of months and achieve 99.99% availability while easing administration. As a result, it can move faster into the world of cloud computing. The company wanted an agile deployment strategy. The team also needed a solution to help manage its global Hyper-V environment, which includes approximately 8,000 virtual servers running on 2,500 physical machines.Microsoft is expanding its content delivery network faster with Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. Benefits of server virtualization include near-continuous availability, easier management, and faster time-to-market. By virtualizing with Hyper-V, Microsoft can expand its global infrastructure and offers faster services. It simplifies administration and improves business agility. Windows Server 2008, with built-in Web and virtualization technologies, increases the reliability and flexibility of server infrastructure. New virtualization tools, Web resources, and security enhancements saves time, reduce costs, and provide a platform for a dynamic and optimized data center. Powerful new tools like IIS 7.0, Server Manager, and Windows PowerShell, controls servers and streamline Web, configuration, and management tasks. Advanced security and reliability enhancements like Network Access Protection and the Read-Only Domain Controller option for Active Directory Domain Services harden the operating system and protects server environment.

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