Industry analysts are advising companies to carefully consider their IT infrastructure and server options ahead of the release of Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 release.
Research firm Directions of Microsoft said that the expected one month gap between the release to manufacturing (RTM) and general availability for Windows Server 2012 should serve as a window in which companies can assess their currently licensing deals and deployment options.
Michael Cherry, lead platforms analyst for Directions on Microsoft, told V3 that firms would be well-advised to consider how their licensing deals could be impacted by the release of Server 2012 and whether they could capitalise on new licence schemes or get other deals by migrating their hardware prior to general availability.
"To a large extent, it is about getting themselves positioned for the new release," Cherry explained.
"What happens on those dates is Microsoft changes their price list, certain things that used to be on the price list may disappear and certain products are suddenly available for purchase."
Microsoft is planning a major reshuffle of its licensing scheme with the release of Windows Server 2012. The company has opted to offer just four different editions of the server platform, a culling which will include the end of Windows Home Server and Small Business server.
Additionally, the options for large organisations will be limited to a Standard edition and a Datacenter edition which will offer better support for large-scale deployment of virtualised server instances.
"You really only have until the first of September, one calendar month, in which to see if any of these opportunities make sense for your organisation," said Cherry.
"Because of these different programmes and rules around licensing, customers need to be very cautious in looking at this."
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