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Enterprise nuggets of gold' in Windows 7

Ross O. Storey | Sept. 16, 2009
Microsoft-funded survey backs W7 feature goals

Saburi said two new features of Windows Server 2008 R2 DirectAccess and Branch Cache have already been hailed by US company Convergent Computing (CCO), as having saved it about US$40,000 annually by eliminating its virtual private network (VPN) and associated hardware, software, licensing and carrier charges.

The Forrester research found that 15 per cent of enterprises spent US$100,000 per year, or more, on VPN costs.

Branche Cache saved CCO up to US$20,000 by eliminating the need to purchase an appliance-based network device for use at its remote sites. The research found that 12 per cent of enterprises spend US$250,000 or more annually on networking costs.

Microsoft says Windows 7 Platform support is delivered in Configuration Manager 2007 Service Pack 2, which is scheduled for release at the end of October.


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