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April 2012

Evaluating hardware for Windows Server 2008 R2

You might think selecting the right system to run Windows Server 2008 R2 would focus largely on price/performance factors. While these factors are high on the list, there are other key considerations. In this handbook, we explore hardware considerations for Windows Server 2008 R2, including processing power, memory, storage capacity and built-in networking connectivity and management hooks needed to properly run an application workload and a specific version of Windows Server. We also evaluate maintenance contracts and which one best suits your business needs, which hardware add-ons are worthy to bundle with the system and which built-in software you need to more easily deploy the hardware in production environments. We also review hardware requirements to get ready for Microsoft’s next-generation operating system.

Table Of Contents

  • Rightsizing hardware for Windows Server 2008 R2 editions
  • Examining the blade server option
  • Hardware needed to support virtualization
  • Cost considerations: When blade servers meet virtualization

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