5 Years of waiting for Windows Server 2008 (1)
Part 1: General considerations
After a 5-year period of waiting for the successor of Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2008 was released in February 2008. First to see daylight were the beta versions (1, 2 and 3), then the RC (0 and 1), while currently Windows Server 2008 R2 beta is being released on the market. It is important to mention that Server 2008 is the last server OS launched by Microsoft to support 32-bit processors. The newly released Windows Server 2008 R2 is made to support only 64-bit processors.
Initially called "Windows Server Codename Longhorn", Windows Server 2008 is built on the same kernel as Vista (Windows NT 6.0 kernel), which means it has the same architecture and core functionality as Vista. Moreover, some of the technical, administrative and security features are similar to Vista. Among the new and improved features are: more bandwidth support for video streaming, a Firewall with a secure default configuration, improved image-based installation, memory and file system improvements, enhanced power-saving, self healing NTFS and much, much more.
But by far the most important improvement brought about by Windows Server 2008 is its support for virtualization, known as "Hyper-V", which can help reduce the cost and space requirements of the servers by running multiple virtual machines on a single physical machine.
If I would describe the new Sever 2008 in just a few words, I would say that it is faster, safer and built for the long run, exactly like the robot from its commercial. Don't you know that robot? Check the ad here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtG7q8MLg30