Windows Server 2008 launched in February, 2008. After giving the new OS six months in the market, Info-Tech Research Group surveyed over 50 enterprises regarding their adoption and deployment plans. The results show a steady march toward deployment, but little enthusiasm for much-touted features. Use these peer opinions to help set realistic expectations around Windows Server 2008 deployment.
Believe It or Not, the Windows Brand Sells
While Microsoft's image has taken a beating in the media over Windows Vista, enterprise server buyers are less critical of Microsoft. Two factors emerge to explain this. First, server OSes have fewer masters to please and those masters have greater control over ensuring the OS is running in the optimal configuration. Second, the Windows Server 2008 team has done an admirable job getting its message out, starting a year before the product officially launched.