Maintaining that competitive edge in a fast changing business landscape is not an option now. These goals require a new approach to IT and data center management emphasizing automation and optimization. Windows Server 2008 R2 was designed and built with these goals in mind.
Windows Server 2008 R2 addresses cost savings across a number of areas, including streamlined management, less reliance on expensive third-party software, more scalable application serving and lowered WAN bandwidth costs. Customers have seen server consolidation rates up to 3-to-1 as well as up to an 80% decrease in IT man-hours spent on rote administrative tasks like file system management. Power efficiency is also improved over Windows Server 2008 and again over Windows Server 2003 R2. Early adopters of Windows Server 2008 R2 have documented significant savings in this regard, up to 18% over Windows Server 2003 R2.