With Windows Server 2012 seven weeks out in the market and Windows 8 due for release Friday, Datacom this morning hosted an informational event on both products for enterprise customers at the Microsoft Australia headquarters just outside Sydney.
Microsoft IT Pro Evangelist Jeff Alexander gave an overview and live demo of the features of both products. A full video of Jeff’s presentation will be available next week (find out how to get a copy at the end of this post). For the time-being, here are some of the highlights of the Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 event.
Windows Server 2012
- Allows scaling and securing of workloads through a multi-tenant infrastructure
- Automation enabled across the data centre through cross-platform capabilities
- Active Directory is at the core of what Windows Server 2012 offers, enabling large-scale cloud deployments
- Offers a complete virtualisation platform, with the ability to do network virtualisation as well
- Unlimited ability to do live migrations
- More virtual machine storage without downtime
- Windows Server 2012 has 64 virtual processers per VM compared with four in Windows Server 2008 R2
- Users can still access workloads on original host while moving VM data to a single location
- Failure recovery happens in minutes and there is secure replication across networks
- New local Resilient File System (ReFS) increases data availability and scalability, offers rapid recovery and is resilient to power outages
- Windows 8 is an attempt to answer to the “blurring” of work and life and BYOD
- Made for touch, but users can still use a keyboard and mouse
- Devices optimised for Windows 8 will be available on the OS’s release date Friday — there will be midnight sales through select hardware vendors
- All apps are front and centre, can be squashed to allow for a smaller, longer view of the app stream
- Segmented by Start, the apps used every day, News and Games
To sign up for a link to a video of the full presentation on Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, enter your details into the contact form in this link.
What are you eager to learn about Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012?