Posted by: kurtsh | June 26, 2014

WHITEPAPER: Forrester Consulting “Windows Server 2012 R2 Total Economic Impact” study

Just released: Forrester Consulting “Windows Server 2012 R2 Total Economic Impact” study, June 2014.


To better understand the benefits, costs, and risks, Forrester interviewed six customers who have upgraded to Windows Server 2012 R2 from Windows Server 2008 or 2012, and who manage those servers with System Center 2012 R2.

Windows Server 2012 R2 along with System Center 2012 R2 increased agility by making infrastructure easier to deploy and easier to grow and shrink. The key benefits that were highlighted include cost savings with software-defined storage (SDS), improved scale and performance of large workloads with built-in virtualization, and increased agility and mobility with software-defined networking (SDN). Customers were able to take advantage of these new features to reduce and avoid software and hardware costs, reduce management costs, streamline and reduce storage costs, and deliver better services to customers and employees.

While this study focuses on the upgrade to R2, an earlier Forrester TEI study focused on the costs and benefits of migrating to WS 2012 from a non-current volume license or alternative server solution, and highlights from that study are referenced.


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