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    Microsoft® Windows® Server 2003 Enterprise Edition




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    Overview

    Enterprise Edition
    Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition offers significant reliability, scalability, and manageability improvements compared to Windows 2000 Advanced Server and is capable of supporting mission-critical workloads in enterprise data centers.

    Features
    In addition to including all the features in Windows Server 2003, Standard Edition, Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition adds several important features that enhance availability, scalability, and dependability. Key features in Enterprise Edition include:
    � Multiprocessor support.
    � Cluster service
    � 64-bit support.
    � Automated Deployment Services (ADS).
    � Microsoft Metadirectory Services (MMS) support.
    � Hot Add Memory.
    � Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA).
    � Terminal Services session directory.
    � Windows System Resource Manager (WSRM).

    Enterprise Capabilities
    Windows Server 2003 includes all the functionality customers expect from a mission-critical Windows server operating system, such as scalability, reliability, and availability.

    Scalability
    The Windows Server 2003 family provides scalability through scale-up, enabled by symmetric multiprocessing (SMP) and scale-out, enabled by clustering. Internal tests indicate that, compared to Windows 2000 Server, Windows Server 2003 delivers up to 140 percent better performance in the file system and significantly better performance in various other features including Microsoft Active Directory® service, Web server and Terminal Server components as well as networking services. Windows Server 2003 scales from single processor solutions all the way up to 128-way systems. It supports both 32-bit and 64-bit processors.

    Windows Server 2003 is the most scalable operating system ever released by Microsoft. With support for up to 64 processors and 512 GB of memory in a single system, Windows Server 2003 is built to handle the most demanding workloads. But you don't need a 64-way system to take advantage of Windows Server 2003's performance; from single-processor systems to 64-way systems, Windows Server 2003 provides performance leadership at a fraction of the cost of competing platforms.

    Availability
    Windows Server 2003 provides the mission critical capabilities needed to plan, build, deploy and operate a well managed high availability solution in an enterprise environment.
    External customers running Windows Server 2003 achieved 64% less planned and unplanned downtime compared to Windows 2000 Server, resulting in significant cost savings to the business and to worker productivity.

    Windows Server 2003 fault tolerant capabilities of memory mirroring and Hotplug PCI eliminate hardware outages while running all the Windows applications. Microsoft Clustering Service protects from outages and ensures data integrity. Windows Server 2003 features, including Device Driver Protection, Driver Rollback, Side-by-Side Installations, and Application Recycling for IIS 6, eliminate many of the common causes for reboots and outages, and improve the availability of the system.

    Summary
    Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition enables you to deploy highly available and scalable applications on industry-standard PC hardware.
    The result: A highly productive infrastructure optimized for running all your business-critical applications and services.
    Common examples of applications suitable for Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition include networking, messaging, inventory and customer service systems, databases, e-commerce Web sites and file and print servers.

    Regardless of the size of your organization, Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition is a good choice for running applications that must be available at all times. It also gives growing organizations the ability to ensure the availability of critical applications, while allowing them to scale those applications both up and out to meet increased demand.

    Benefits

    * Consolidation platform (TCO)
    * Scalability vs. Standard Edition
    * Reliability & Availability
    * Windows economics
    * Broad choice of applications