Al Gillen, research VP-systems software at IDC, said the product launch is a significant one for Microsoft, although the company does face some challenges with it.
“It's significant for the simple reason that it's a product around which customers will shift their deployment behaviors,” Gillen said. “We believe that with Windows Server 2008, customers will have to look at the product and step back and decide what they're going to do. Will they embark on 64-bit technology and virtualization? They will have to look at why and where they deploy those technologies.”
Gillen added, “I think the real issue is not that it is complex, rather that it will be time consuming for customers to go through the deployment. Customers will not rush into this product.”
However, Gillen said customers that don't take advantage of some core capabilities like virtualization “will be missing a really good opportunity.” M