Microsoft has launched Windows Server 2003 in London, along with Visual Studio .Net 2003, and a 64-bit SQL Server Enterprise Edition. Customers want to increase their productivity using dependable, connected, cost-effective software and that's what Windows Server 2003 aims to provide, U.K. Director of Marketing and Corporate Affairs Nick Barley said. It allows companies to run their server infrastructure 30 percent more efficiently than Windows NT 4.0, he said.
The integration of the Visual Studio .Net into the server product means developers can build Web-based applications faster and using less code, according to U.K. Windows Server Product Manager Paul Randle.
ADS (Automated Deployment Services) allows Windows Server 2003 to automatically detect and deploy the software across an organization's servers, reducing the time taken to deploy it to a matter of minutes rather than days, Randle said.
There are several products in the family, most of which are now available:
-- Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition, 32-bit and 64-bit
-- Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition, 32-bit and 64-bit
-- Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition
-- Windows Server 2003 Web Edition
-- Windows Small Business Server 2003, for companies with between 5 and 50 PCs, which will be released in the third quarter of 2003
Microsoft did not provide pricing information at the London launch.
U.K. customers include Internet grocery service Tesco.com, which has seen a 20 percent improvement in performance overall and a significant improvement even at peak loads when testing Windows Server 2003, Chief Technical Officer Mike McNamara said at the launch.
Tesco.com's business is growing "at a quantum level year on year," McNamara said, and at peak times can have two orders per second coming in. The system needs to be dependable for both customers and staff, he said.
The company will deploy Windows Server 2003 across its 300 sites over the next few months, McNamara said. -- IDG News Service