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WinServer 2008 R2 Pros and Cons?

By OregonITGuy ·
Hey my company is considering switching from Unix to Windows Server 2008 R2, for RAS reasons. We need a reliable server that can grow, hopefully substantially, in the next couple of years as business expands. I have read some docs recently that Windows Server 2008 is reliable, is this true? Currently we run Linux what are the benefits of switching to WS2008 over sticking with Linux?

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Not many

by OH Smeg In reply to WinServer 2008 R2 Pros an ...

Other than supporting M$ in a big way.

You'll need to look into the Licensing involved and the number of workstations/other network Devices that will need to be connected to the server. Generally speaking these will all need a CAL so that you can have concurrent connections.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/licensing.aspx

Also Generally Speaking when comparing Unix to Windows you need a more powerful system to do the same job under Windows as it consumes more System Resources. So depending on what you currently need to support and the planned growth you'll need to look into the Hardware requirements of the server for what it is expected to do and the costs of Licensing the unit.

Also generally speaking you need to pay more for a Multi CPU 2008 License than for a Single CPU License. But this all depends on what the server is required to do.

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Xenon 7500 series

by OregonITGuy In reply to Not many

The current consensus here is that the hardware needs to be upgraded anyway, so we are looking at Intel Xenon 7500 series processors.

Scaleability is a priority in this decision.

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Are you having any other issues with your current config?

by mafergus In reply to Xenon 7500 series

If your systems are currently Unix based, I have a hard time seeing it being cheaper to switch. Especially if you are already planning to upgrade hardware.

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RE: Xenon 7500 series

by OH Smeg In reply to Xenon 7500 series

How many? That answer will tell you a lot about which OS is better to use for your needs.

Though personally I can not see how switching to a Windows Server Platform will in any way be cheaper or more secure for any business except Microsoft maybe.

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RE: WinServer 2008 R2 Pros and Cons

by Grylee In reply to WinServer 2008 R2 Pros an ...

If you are looking for information specifically on Windows Server 2008 R2 here is a recently published video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TeS4qmwxTBE

Also an article that was published two days ago http://redmondmag.com/articles/2010/04/14/windows-server-becoming-a-mainframe-contender.aspx

Hope that helps

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