Microsoft urges CIOs to tap Windows Server 2012 R2 and Azure

Microsoft today shared more compelling reasons for CIOs at Indian enterprises to modernize their business with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure as the IT giant will end support for Windows Server 2003 operating system on July 14, 2015.

Tyler Bryson, general manager – Marketing and Operations, Microsoft said: “Running enterprises on unsupported platforms will not only have cost and security implications, but will also cause enterprises to fall behind on the innovation curve.”

To convince enterprise CIOs, Microsoft has commissioned two research agencies to assess the capabilities of Windows Server 2012 R2 and Microsoft Azure.

A research by IDC commissioned by Microsoft in Asia said that companies that upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2 witnessed increased productivity and automation, enabling IT to reduce man-hours to run IT infrastructure by 20 – 30 hours per month.

By helping enterprises store data on a cloud platform and interpret it better, Azure enables them to gain a competitive edge in the market. The hybrid cloud approach gives customers options as never before for running workloads either in their own datacenters, or in a service provider’s cloud, or in the Microsoft cloud.

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A Microsoft-commissioned study by Ascentius, a research and analytics firm, said that while legacy systems present familiarity due to tenure of use, migrating to modern infrastructure will enable businesses to align themselves with the latest regulatory standards and help them gain competitive advantage.

Businesses will be able to curb the overhead expenditure of maintaining outdated infrastructure and reduce loss of revenue during downtime without compromising the security of the data and IP of the company.

GV Gopalakrishnan, chief operations officer, Aditya Birla Financial Services, said: “We decided to move to Windows Server 2012 R2 to enable better services and capabilities.  In the process, we have benefited from enhanced security and better compliance.  Now our systems are more agile, helping us deliver quickly to our internal and external customers.  We are seeing reduced costs and are better prepared for newer business scenarios.”

AS Rajgopal, managing director & CEO of NxtGen Datacenter & Cloud Technologies, said Windows Server 2012 R2 has enabled us to build a dynamic and modern cloud infrastructure and offer cost-effective cloud services, both public and private, for our customers.

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