Windows Operating Systems Analysis

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Windows Operating Systems Analysis
Introduction
Riordan Manufacturing is a global industry leader in its field of plastic injection molding. With more than 500 employees, 46 million dollars in annual earnings and offices in the US and China, Riordan has chosen to upgrade its current operating system. The company’s goal is to upgrade the system without to much disruption to their current business processes. The objective of this paper is to compare and contrast Windows Operating System 2003 and Vista for Riordan Manufacturing. The analysis provided in this paper will be based on Cost, File Processing, Programming Capabilities, Availability of Application Software, and User Interface of the systems. Based on these various points we will provide Riordan with a recommendation on which system is best suited for the upgrade the company is seeking. Cost

Upgrading whole systems require that many considerations be observed. One of the main observances is Cost. The following table explores costs for Windows 2003 along with costs for Windows vista as it is reflected in Microsoft site: Product OfferingU.S. Price*Description

Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition$999Available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Includes 5 CALs (User or Device, chosen after purchase) Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition$1,199Available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Includes 10 CALs (User or Device, chosen after purchase) Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise Edition$3,999Available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Includes 25 CALs (User or Device, chosen after purchase) Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition$2,999Available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions. Windows Server 2003 Web Edition, 32-bit version$399 Open NLWeb Server product, no CALs required. Windows Server 2003 Web Edition is not available in all channels. Open NL estimated price is $399. Contact a local System Builder, OEM, or reseller for actual prices or for more information on how to purchase.

The Vista Business suggested retail price for full package product is $299.00 USD and the suggested upgrade retail price is $199.00 USD. There are two other home versions of Vista that are simply not reasonable for this type of business. Then there is Vista Ultimate the crème of the crop version. Its suggested retail price for the full package product is $399.00 USD. The suggested upgrade retail price is $259.00 USD. The Ultimate version comes with a considerable monetary cost but the benefits are considerable as well. The question is whether or not the benefits that the Ultimate version provides are sufficient to cover the needs of Riordan, or are they just excess bells and whistles that are simply not necessary to meet their goals. The following is a comparison table of the different versions and their benefits from the Microsoft site: FeaturesBusinessUltimate

Most secure Windows ever
XX
Quickly find what you need
IE7 & Instant SearchXX
Elegant Windows Aero desktop experience
XX
Best choice for laptops
XX
Collaborate and share documents
XX
Extend Windows Vista
XX
Experience photos and entertainment
X
Enjoy Windows Media Center
X
Protect against hardware failure
XX
Windows Fax and Scan
XX
Use Scheduled Backup
XX
Easier remote access for your business
XX
Easier networking connectivity
XX
Better protect your data
X
Easily make DVDs
X
Have more fun on your PC
X
Create high definition movies
X

File Processing
Riordan industries have a large amount of file and they need to have more security, therefore with the assistant directory the company is going to be able to separate each location with a domain and even thing about expansion of the company. Each location it is going to have and individual set up, where the all users are going to have individual passwords and they are going to be able to manage their individual files. Riordan’s headquarters has some finance and administration users in each location. In those...
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