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Windows 8 Survival Guide: Server 2012

Sep 13, 2012

Windows 8 Survival Guide: Server 2012

It’s not surprising that Windows Server 2012 is being overshadowed by Windows 8. The client ­always draws more attention from the masses, and that’s particularly true this time around given the market hunger for tablets that can natively run Office applications. However, the server side of Microsoft’s ambitious road map may well make a far greater impact on your company in 2013.

Let’s face it: Windows 8 faces significant headwinds in the enterprise because of the Metro UI. That’s not necessarily the case with Server 2012. First, IT tends to be more­ ­forgiving when it comes to such changes, and in reality, the differences between Server 2008 and Server 2012 are not as drastic as between Windows 7 and Windows 8.

In this report, we’ll discuss what to think about as you consider migrating to Server 2012: what you’re actually buying, the business case and how much a move will cost. To that end, we’ll take the lawyer-ese out of the Server 2012 licensing model and explain what placeholders to put in your 2013 budget. We’ll also examine the features list—what does and does not matter. It’s easy to get sucked in by hype about bells and whistles coming from Microsoft (and to some degree, the media), but the reality is, some features should factor only minimally into your migration decision because they are, frankly, a ­distraction from Server 2012’s real value. Finally, we’ll list some migration pitfalls to avoid. (R5700912)

Survey Name   InformationWeek 2012 Windows 8 Survey

Survey Date   June 2012

Region   North America

Number of Respondents    859 business technology professionals

Purpose   To gauge adoption plans for Windows 8 at organizations with 500 or more employees

Methodology   InformationWeek surveyed 859 business technology decision-makers at North American organizations with 500 or more employees. The survey was conducted online, and respondents were recruited via an email invitation containing an embedded link to the survey. The email invitation was sent to qualified InformationWeek subscribers.

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