Microsoft wants its hosting partners to know that new capabilities of Windows Server 2008 and its integrated component, Internet Information Services 7 (IIS), are going to rock their collective worlds. Well, at least in the sense of enabling them to offer more efficient and secure solutions. Microsoft is in the midst of a 62-city road show in which the Redmond, Wash.-based software giant is providing detailed technical training on how to deploy, run, and manage Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7 (formerly known as Internet Information Server) in a hosting environment.
Michael van Dijken, lead marketing manager for Microsoft's Hosted Solutions division, said many hosting partners that use Windows 2003 and IIS 6 have been asking for improvements in site density, which determines how many active Websites they can fit onto a single server. With Windows Server 2003 and IIS 6, hosters could squeeze between 500 and 1000 Websites on a single box, but Windows Server 2008 and IIS 7 boosts capacity to between 2000 and 4000 Websites, said van Dijken.
It's also possible to create custom modules in IIS that can be incorporated into the build of the server itself. For hosters, this is important because it allows them to offer a "lean, mean stripped down Windows Server without all the stuff you don't need," said Rurik Bradbury, vice president at Intermedia.NET, a New York-based Exchange hosting partner.