January 31, 2013 News Thursday: Windows Server 2012 Economic Impact and More Server and Tools News…

by STB Blogger


Economic Impact of Windows Server 2012: 3-year ROI of 195% and payback in just 6 months

Since the September launch of Windows Server 2012, there have been over 1 million evaluation downloads and the product was a key contributor to strong Q2 earnings. We’ve heard from many customers about how Windows Server 2012 is helping them transform their datacenters – a cornerstone of the Microsoft Cloud OS vision. A new commissioned study conducted by Forrester Consulting explores the economic impact and potential return on investment of Windows Server 2012.  The study quantifies the value a “composite” company of 14,000 employees would realize with the product, based on interviews and surveys with over two dozen customers.

The study estimates that the 3-year risk adjusted ROI of Windows Server 2012 for this composite company is 195%, and that the payback period for investing in the technology is just 6 months.  Additional benefits noted in the study include increased productivity (both for server admins and end users), improved storage efficiency, improved app and web development and increased flexibility to support a private cloud.

Here are some customer quotes from the study:

  • “The most valuable feature of [Windows Server] 2012 has been the increase in automation and improved admin tools.  In today’s environment, we are asked to do more with less.”
  • “Windows Server 2012 and System Center contain all you need to deploy a private cloud.”
  • “We’re a very dynamic company.  With Windows Server 2012, we can easily move to a public cloud and back to a private cloud so we can quickly service our customers’ requirements in the time frame they give us, at little cost. “

You can read the full study here, or get additional information on the Server and Cloud Platform blog.

Northeast VMware User Group Expands to Include Hyper-V

This week on TechNet Radio, Chris Harney, Director of Virtualization Technology Users Group (VTUG), discusses how the group recently expanded their scope beyond VMware technologies. VTUG now includes Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V in their information, education and events, such as their recent Winter Warmer event in Massachusetts, attended by 1500 people. The expansion was triggered by VTUG users’ demand to learn about virtualization technology and platforms beyond VMware.

Tune in to hear the full episode on TechNet Radio.

Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 R2 SP1 Available Now!

Today Microsoft announced the availability of Forefront Identity Manager (FIM) 2010 R2 Server Pack 1 (SP1). This new release continues to help organizations overcome the growing complexity of managing identity and permissions across heterogeneous systems.

With this new release, the BHOLD, FIM Sync, FIM Service, FIM Portal, and FIM Certificate Management components of FIM 2020 R2 SP1 now support Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, SharePoint Foundation 2013 and Visual Studio 2012.  Additional improvements include:

  • FIM client support for Windows 8 and Outlook 2013
  • Enhanced updates to the Extensible Connectivity MA Framework
  • FIM connectors support for Active Directory 2012, SQL Server 2012, Exchange 2013, Sun 7.x and Oracle 11
  • FIM reporting support for System Center Service Manager 2012
  • Simplified provisioning configuration for the Microsoft BHOLD Suite

For more information, customers should check out the Server and Cloud Platform blog or download an evaluation version of FIM 2010 R2 SP1 today!

Change Agents Usher in a New Era of Cloud Computing

Microsoft, in close partnership with Forrester Research, released a paper looking at the new forces of change within organizations that are using cloud computing to launch their own business projects and drive innovation. The paper examines the reasons behind these cloud computing initiatives and found a new breed of tech savvy employees outside of IT are deploying cloud. Forrester describes these individuals as ‘Change Agents’. The report features in depth interviews with 22 Change Agents from large UK organizations (1,000+ employees) across all business divisions that have used cloud to innovate and improve business processes.

We encourage you to visit www.microsoft.co.uk/changeagents for further details on the study.

New Microsoft HPC Pack Website Now Live

Microsoft recently announced new Windows Azure capabilities for Big Compute, including the availability of Microsoft HPC Pack 2012. To support this new offering, we are excited to announce a refreshed Microsoft HPC website where customers can go to download Microsoft HPC Pack 2012 and use as an ongoing resource.

Windows Azure was designed from the beginning to support large-scale computation, and Microsoft HPC Pack 2012 offers customers a cloud platform that can cost effectively and reliably meet the needs of Big Compute. You can visit the new site at http://www.microsoft.com/hpc and read more about how HPC users can get started today.

Microsoft and NORAD = Santa Success!

Santa delivered more than 7 billion gifts to homes around the world this Christmas, and thanks to NORAD’s Santa Tracker, powered by Microsoft technology, nearly 23 million people from 234 different countries were able to follow St. Nick’s journey on their PCs, tablets or smartphones. The Santa Tracker website, which was built on Windows Azure, experienced 16,000 hits a day for most of December and increased to 90 million page views on Christmas Eve. When the demand spiked, Windows Azure and Microsoft’s cloud resources we’re ready, demonstrating the flexibility, reliability and scalability of cloud computing.

Read the Microsoft on Government blog post for more information on NORAD’s success.