Microsoft Pushes Hardware Partners Toward 64-Bit

By Peter Galli  |  Posted 2005-04-26 Print this article Print

Microsoft's Bob Muglia sings the praises of 64-bit computing, offering WinHEC attendees a look at its benefits.

SEATTLE—While Microsoft Corp. intends to ship both 32-bit and 64-bit versions of its Longhorn Server software when it ships sometime in 2007, it plans to release a 64-bit-only version of Small Business Server in that time. Going forward, 64-bit computing will be the default system Microsoft ships, and it will also be the system it encourages its hardware partners to support as well. "Of course we will support 32-bit, but it will be legacy by then," Bob Muglia, Microsofts senior vice president for Windows Server, said in an executive viewpoint session on the server opportunity at the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference (WinHEC) here on Monday. Windows Server software also has the opportunity to grow in many existing and new places as the ongoing movement away from proprietary hardware to industry-standard hardware continues apace.
"Windows is the single biggest driver and beneficiary of that move," Muglia said. "The movement away from proprietary RISC-based architectures onto industry hardware is an important one.
Earlier this year, Muglia said Windows is squeezing Unix. Click here to read more. "Unix to Windows migrations are forecast to grow by 150 percent, while of the 2.7 million Novell servers worldwide, 50 percent of these are on hardware that is more than four years old. Migration away from the mainframe also offered another opportunity," he said. The past few weeks have been good ones for the server team, as Windows 64-bit on both the server and client shipped, and Microsoft can now target a much broader set of applications with 64-bit computing, he said. Using 64-bit on some first-mover workloads, like networking, has yielded a record 7G-bps transfer rate, while on the file side there is an 11 percent higher user capacity, a two times higher throughput on Active Directory and 170 percent more users for Terminal Services, Muglia said. Next Page: On the chip front …

Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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