Changes Afoot in Data
Center"> Things will also be changing in the data center. Windows Server 2003 has brought built-in provisioning across the network in an automated process, which is a major advance and forms part of Microsofts Dynamic Systems Initiative. The initiative was designed to ensure that the quality of applications running would be better, while the costs of managing this would be lower. Microsoft is working with its partners to make this possible, Gates said, demonstrating a dynamic data center built by HP.
64-bit advances, Gates called on Dave Ciuba, a senior product manager for the Windows client, to demonstrate how easily a 64-bit Windows system running on an HP Itanium 2 system can navigate an aerial view of the Los Angeles area that is larger than 10GB.
Jack Films, the production firm of "Star Wars" producer George Lucas, uses 64-bit Windows running on AMD Opteron systems to cut rendering time and costs, he said, adding that Microsoft is working hard to make Windows the premier platform for creating and viewing digital content. Gates, turning to the issue of performance, said that while the PC architecture has held the lead in price/performance for a long time, in terms of absolute performance the record is not as good. Earlier this month at the release of Windows Server 2003, Microsoft announced some new benchmarks. "Were dying to have people using Linux or Oracle come in and challenge these performance results," he said. Windows Server 2003, now the No. 1 performing server operating system, offers increased IT efficiency by as much as 30 percent, enhances information worker productivity and is the highest quality Microsoft server ever released, Gates said. A new capability and architecture, known as Next-Generation Secure Computing Base, will be included in all systems going forward and is a breakthrough that will allow PCs to be used for applications they are not used for today, he said. Work around this is taking place on the processor, keyboard and the Windows operating system itself, which will be reflected in the Longhorn release. "The PC platform is becoming mainstream in the data center, platform capabilities are enabling new scenarios, there are many opportunities for new form factors and devices, and we are working with partners to make the PC better than ever. Its going to be exciting to tackle these new frontiers together," Gates concluded. More News From WinHEC:
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