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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Microsoft to launch Windows Server-08 in 38 countries

Software giant, Microsoft Corporation, at the weekend launched its latest in shelf solution, the Windows Server 2008 in the city of Lagos, just as it plans to spread the launch across 38 countries within the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.

Speaking to newsmen at the event, Core Infrastructure Server Products and Solutions Lead for MEA, Mr. Goksel Topbas, said that already, the launch has taken off in some African countries including Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe to name a few while Ghana comes up Wednesday.

In addition, he said, that there would be launching of the product through the firm’s Most Valuable Professional (MVP) scheme to further boost the market sensitisation and usage.

Describing the Windows Server 2008 as the first-ever most customer friendly product, Mr. Topbas, noted that some Nigerian stakeholders have been trained since last year, who are expected to take this to the customers nationwide.

According to him, the launch expected to come in various forms including specific launch for the Small and Medium Business Enterprises (SMEs) would continue for the next four months.

“It would continue in the next four months with community launches,” he declared.

He stressed that the SME aspect of the launch is very crucial to Nigeria market among other developing markets globally so as to expand awareness.

Microsoft, he said, is targeting estimated 80,000 professionals to optimise the new solution within the MEA region, which has about 79 countries.

He further said that Windows Server 2008 comes with in-built web and virtualisation technologies that afford users to increase their reliability and flexibility of their server infrastructure.

These features, he pointed, help to enhance security in any organisation where it is deployed and save time, reduce costs and provide a platform for a dynamic and optimised data centre.

Explaining, he said that the in-built web application in the Windows Server 2008 has a service-oriented architecture which gives users the ability to deliver rich web-based experiences efficiently and effectively.

Adding that with an improved administration and diagnostics, development and application tools, lower infrastructure costs is witnessed.

He emphasised that the release of Internet Information Services 7.0 (IIS 7.0) as part of the solution, makes the application a complete modular with extensible web server that could be expanded in application hosting, whereas retaining excellent compatibility and solving key customer challenges.

On virtualisation aspect of the latest solution, Mr. Topbas said that Microsoft has a broader vision for the virtualisation input, underlining the fact that as built-in server technology, it enables Windows Server 2008 organisations to reduce costs, increase hardware utilisation, optimise their infrastructure and improve server availability.

He underscored the benefits of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 to include low maintenance costs, extremely high uptime, reduced administrative costs, improved collaboration and internal communication, improved identity management solution and enhanced security.

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