Microsoft Canada Co.

Microsoft Canada Co.

February 27, 2008 14:42 ET

Wave of New Microsoft Enterprise Products Brings Big Benefits to IT Professionals and Developers

Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008 focuses on security, Web, virtualization and better business intelligence

MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 27, 2008) -

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Joined by thousands of customers and partners at an event celebrating the largest enterprise launch in the company's history, Microsoft Canada Co. president Phil Sorgen today showcased the next generation infrastructure and application platform products, including Microsoft Windows Server® 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio® 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server® 2008. Today's event kicks off a cross-Canada tour that will visit eight cities between February and April.

"With the launch of Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, Microsoft Windows Server 2008 and Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Microsoft is delivering powerful new tools that will help transform the way developers build applications and IT professionals support IT systems. Together, they will open the door to a new era where companies build systems and applications that help advance business goals by aligning computing resources with strategic objectives," said Phil Sorgen, president, Microsoft Canada.

One of the biggest challenges facing IT professionals and developers today is the time spent on managing existing systems, which prevents them from investing as much in technologies and innovations that would help their businesses be more competitive. According to a new survey from The Strategic Counsel, Canadian IT professionals rank Web services and virtualization as the two technologies that will have the greatest impact on businesses in the future. But the survey also found that professionals spend up to 80 per cent of their time on routine maintenance as they contend with the rapid growth of the data centre. That's one reason why nearly three-quarters of them are also looking for technology that will help them ease this burden.

Big Benefits for Early Adopters

Already, IT professionals and developers at some of Canada's premiere companies, including BMO Financial Group and EDS Canada, are using Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Visual Studio 2008, and test versions of Microsoft SQL Server 2008 to help implement more secure platforms and Web applications while helping to reduce costs and speeding development.

"At BMO Financial Group, speed and accuracy can translate into significant financial gains. That's why we're always looking for ways to strengthen our IT infrastructure. Taking advantage of the performance and management benefits of Windows Server 2008 is helping my team fuel our recent expansion into China," says Sorin Manta, manager, infrastructure, technology and operations, BMO Capital Markets.

"At EDS Canada we have a broad customer base with very different business challenges, and our solutions can range from large Web sites to mainframe integration to mobile applications - and sometimes all of these. Visual Studio Team System 2008 is helping us stay agile as we develop these solutions. It provides us with an effective integrated platform to manage work items, produce integrated builds, and increase the quality of our code. This helps us better meet the needs of our business clients," said Etienne Tremblay, lead technologist, EDS Canada."As a rapidly growing builder of vibrant and interactive online communities like Hockey.com and Restaurantica.com, eMedia Interactive prides itself on at being at the forefront of Web innovation. Our strategy is to embrace cutting- edge technology, and that's why we're so excited by the release of Visual Studio 2008, Windows Server 2008 and SQL Server 2008. By helping us build rich, compelling Web applications and providing us with a manageable platform to host them, the next wave of Microsoft-based server innovation is key to our success," said Lance Mohring, chief technology officer, eMedia Interactive.

The performance improvements and enterprise-class features of SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 have resulted in record-breaking results. Today Microsoft disclosed new world-record performance results on TPC-E and TPC-H and SAP Sales and Distribution (SD) Standard Application 3-tier benchmark on four-socket industry-standard blade servers. Microsoft also published breakthrough performance benchmarks for several customer scenarios, including leading results on Microsoft Dynamics CRM, Microsoft Dynamics AX, Siemens Teamcenter and Camstar Manufacturing Execution Systems.

Microsoft also announced that Microsoft Windows Server 2008 with .NET Framework 3.5 delivers faster throughput than IBM WebSphere 6.1 on Red Hat Linux as shown through two new benchmark tests measuring scalability and performance in mission-critical enterprise scenarios. The sample application shows 117 percent better throughput of Windows Server using the IBM-designed Trade 6.1 benchmark; and Sun Microsystems' WSTest Web services benchmark demonstrates 94 percent better throughput on Windows Server when processing Web Service requests. More information on the results is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/HHHlaunch/docs/BenchmarkFS.doc.

Technology Partners See Opportunity

Microsoft has worked with more than 1,000 industry partners to help plan, build, test and deploy leading-edge solutions by providing early access to code, training and testing, and certification support. Hundreds of independent software vendors have demonstrated their support with the development of a wide variety of business applications for industries that include retail, accounting, commerce, engineering, financial services, healthcare, supply chain and more. In a related announcement, Microsoft detailed extensive investments in programs and tools for software and hardware partners. More information on the announcement is available at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/feb08/02-27ISVWS08PR.mspx. A full list of vendors offering applications certified for Windows Server 2008 or pledging to provide support for their applications on Windows Server 2008 can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/events/hhhlaunch/docs/PartnerWS08FS.doc.

More than 80 technology partners are participating in launch events around the world, including platinum sponsors AMD, CA, Cisco, Citrix, Dell, Fujitsu, Hitachi, HP, Intel, Quest, SAP and Unisys. In Canada, in addition to EDS, Compugen, Avanade, Oculus, ADXSTUDIO, SilverWarePOS, Osellus and Genius have all made commitments to the new platform.

A 2007 IDC study predicts that for every dollar Microsoft earns from Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008 in 2008 in the U.S., the "ecosystem" beyond Microsoft - software and hardware vendors that support or incorporate the products - will reap about $18 in revenues. In 2008, this ecosystem should sell more than $120 billion in products and services revolving around Windows Vista and Windows Server 2008.

Product Availability and Information

Windows Server 2008, including a beta version of the Hyper-V virtualization technology, and Visual Studio 2008 are available today. A feature-complete, February community technology preview (CTP) of SQL Server 2008 is also now available today, with general availability expected in the third quarter of 2008.

Later this year Microsoft will release the Windows Essential Server Solutions family of products for small and midsize companies, built on Windows Server 2008 and the newest Microsoft server technologies and services: Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008. Windows HPC Server 2008, the successor to Windows Compute Cluster Server 2003, is on track for availability in the second half of 2008 and is designed to increase productivity, scalability and manageability for high performance computing scenarios. In addition, Windows Storage Server 2008, the next generation storage solution based on Windows Server 2008, will be available by the end of the year.

For more information on product features, performance measurements and deployment scenarios please see www.microsoft.ca/launchwave.

About Microsoft Canada

Established in 1985, Microsoft Canada Co. is the Canadian subsidiary of Microsoft Corporation (NASDAQ:MSFT) the worldwide leader in software, services and solutions that help people and businesses realize their full potential. Microsoft Canada provides nationwide sales, marketing, consulting and local support services in both French and English. Headquartered in Mississauga, Microsoft Canada has 10 regional offices across the country dedicated to empowering people through great software - any time, any place and on any device. Visit Microsoft Canada's web site at www.microsoft.ca.

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