US EPA Publishes Paper on Energy Savings from Energy Star-Qualified Enterprise Servers Running Windows Server 2008 R2

I've posted about power management and Windows Server before so you may recall that one of our goals for Windows Server 2008 R2 was to enhance power management.  You might also remember that R2 can help improve power efficiency by up to 18% over Windows Server 2003 running on the same hardware.  Now there's another… Read more

Windows Server 2008 R2 + Xeon 7500 = Lightning Fast Performance with Mission-Critical Reliability

I just got back from the Intel Nehalem EX (now known as the Xeon 7500) launch event in Boston. I still can’t believe the benchmarks coming out on Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server and the Xeon 7500. Performance increases are HUGE when compared to the previous Xeon 7400 and earlier Xeons. The specs are… Read more

AMD Launches New Server CPU Platform

Today, AMD has launched the AMD Opteron™ 6000 CPU series. This represents the latest AMD advances in server CPU technology and promises to work well for Windows Server 2008 R2 customers and partners. “Microsoft has partnered with AMD in the data center since the original AMD Opteron processors were launched in 2003, and we naturally… Read more

Power Management in Windows Server 2008 R2 – Improving your “gas mileage”

Everybody pays the power bill.  Well… except maybe the power company.  But who wouldn’t want to reduce that bill?  Not to mention their environmental impact? The biggest power savings many organizations will probably experience with Windows Server 2008 R2 is through server consolidation with Hyper-V, the built-in Hypervisor.  But we also had several other goals… Read more

Improving Online Customer Experience with Microsoft Partner Website Widget

I am pleased to introduce a new set of interactive web tools designed specifically for our infrastructure partners. The Partner Website Widgets help improve online customer experience on our partner websites. They communicate a core set of business value related to services that our partners deliver with Microsoft technologies. How do they work? These tools… Read more

R2: How Would You Manage Without It?

As many of you know, Windows Server 2008 R2 Release Candidate (RC) is made available today to MSDN and TechNet subscribers, with broader availability from Microsoft.com on May 5th. As our final broad test milestone before RTM, this really is the best chance for you to download Windows Server 2008 R2 and put it through… Read more

new Windows Server 2008 power management whitepaper Released

Customers tell us that energy-efficient computing is a top priority for them as they look to control energy costs and reduce their impact on the environment. With Windows Server 2008 we feel we have some very compelling technologies such as Server Virtualization with Hyper-V and the native Power Management capabilities of the platform, that are… Read more