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Microsoft announces WS2008 details

Microsoft announces WS2008 details

Microsoft announced on Monday that it has unveiled a broad range of new products and programs at TechEd IT Forum 2007 to help customers prepare for the next generation of dynamic IT. Bob Kelly, corporate VP for Microsoft's server and tools business, talked about the company's new virtualisation offerings, Windows Server 2008 details and system center product availability.

"Earlier this year, we introduced our vision for dynamic IT, which aims to make IT a stronger partner to the business by bringing together the capabilities of core infrastructure, application and development platforms," says Kelly. "At TechEd IT Forum, we are demonstrating how that vision is coming to life for customers as IT is streamlined across the full spectrum of our software and technology offerings, including through exciting new developments with Windows Server, Microsoft System Center, Microsoft SQL Server and the Microsoft Desktop Optimization Pack. The response from customers has been strong as we move toward the worldwide February 2008 launch of Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008."

Kelly discussed developments with Hyper-V, the official name of the server virtualisation technology within WS2008 as well as details on WS2008 editions, pricing and licensing, which includes eight versions of WS2008, each tailored to suit a variety of customer requirements.

Microsoft also announced the release of FastCGI Extension for IIS 6.0, which is available as a free download from the IIS community site. For the first time, Microsoft is providing full support for technology, which enables reliable and scalable PHP hosting on production Windows Server 2003 Web servers. Windows Server 2008 with IIS7 delivers FastCGI with a Go-Live license, making it the first Windows operating system to natively support PHP hosting, says Microsoft.

Microsoft's upcoming Windows Server 2008 offering also includes new site migration options that could help Web hosts avoid major outages like the one experienced by NaviSite last week.


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