Platforms an eBusiness Can Implement - A Brief on Microsoft Technologies
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First of all, it is very expensive to work with Microsoft technologies unless we implement a proper ROI strategy. Microsoft's operating systems (OSs) are always prone to attack from hacking, viruses, or other sources. Another issue with Microsoft is that they are contantly launching new products and new versions of their products very quickly. They even go deeply into changing the "fundamental" OS. This is being criticized by several experts around the world. It requires contant upgrades and more spending. But, you know that 80% of the global desktop market in owned by Windows OS.
If I need to implement only Microsoft products, I would do that using the following:
Operating System - Windows Server 2003 (bit reliable when compared with previous OS)
Firewall and server side caching - ISA 2004
Database - SQL Server 2000
Web Development - ASP.NET (Part of .NET)
Middle tier development - COM+, Remoting, Windows Services, IIS etc.
Mail Server - Exchange Server
SOA (Service Oriented Architecture) - ASP.NET XML Web Services
Mobile development- ASP.NET
Enterprise Content Management - Content Management Server 2002
Ware House or Mining - SQL Server 2000 Analysis Services
Virtualization - Virtual Server 2005
But, if we really implement all of the above, I must invest almost 5 times more than the open source or Sun options. If we are to buy Microsoft's technologies, we need not buy them all. The database giant, Oracle is also well supported on Microsoft platform to replace MS SQL Server. Apart from all of the above, Microsoft still has 10+ servers to meet other requirements.
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