As the revenue and shipment leader in the global server market, the Windows Server platform is arguably a good indicator of the health of the IT market. If that is the case, then it looks like the server market is on the mend - but it's not in any kind of a hurry. With one or more monopolies on the desktop (depending on how you …
Upgrades, or capacity expansion?
Buy your licences right and you don't have to upgrade the software all the time. I wonder how much is based on "there is always a need for capacity expansion" and how much is "we are ditching our old software and getting the shiniest toy."
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Customers continue to invest in Windows Server also because it is an easy platform on which to deploy and develop applications. Add to that the fact that Windows support engineers are ten a penny.
@Bugs R Us - they are ten a penny as that's what they're generally worth. However every upgrade seems to require a lot of very expensive training courses to find out where the icon/menu item has moved to so the company they work for can continue hiding its data in more and more complicated 'documents'.
Let's not read 'revenue and shipment leader' as an indication of market share.
Leader in cost no doubt.
The default shipping server OS these days is "no OS". I wonder which OS is typically loaded on.
Which OS is loaded on? Most likely VMWare or XenServer so they can host WinServer03/08 with a couple *nix OSes (well, at least 1 if their IT dept has any idea what the OS is actually good for).
Of course, there's the more Windows die-hards that will load Server08R2 or somesuch bare metal and play around with Hyper-V, but they might as well just install VMWare ESX2 for all the features and capability (not to mention stability/hog of the host OS....).