Access "Microsoft tries 'kitchen sink' method for Windows Server 2012 upgrade"
This article is part of the October 2012, Volume 1, Issue 1 issue of Cloud computing, data center trends: If you can't beat 'em, join 'em
This is part one in the series looking at Microsoft's approach to promoting Windows Server 2012. When Microsoft shipped Windows Server 2012 in September, it could have put on the packaging: "includes the kitchen sink." By a wide margin, the company has crammed more critical core capabilities into this version of their flagship operating system than any previous incarnation. Several of these capabilities bolster not only basic operating system functions but are also designed to serve as building blocks for Microsoft's cloud, virtualization and storage strategies -- each a market where it faces a handful of voracious competitors. While some are encouraged by what they see and will conduct a serious evaluation, others say they are still upgrading their servers to Windows Server 2008 R2 and that Server 2012 is out on the horizon. But whether this raft of new features and technologies -- numbering over 300 in all -- can convince Microsoft corporate users to move out of the comfortable confines of Windows Server 2008 R2 anytime soon remains to be seen. While some ... Access >>>
Premium Content for Free.
One-on-one with Randy Bias: Cloud standards and the battle for control
by Lauren Horwitz, Executive Editor
When discussing open source cloud and standards, Randy Bias argues it's only a matter of time before dominant cloud standards prevail in IT.
VDI performance still falls short of PCs
by Bridget Botelho, News Director
Despite vendors' best efforts, virtual desktops still can't hold a candle to PCs -- and it might take until 2014 for VDI performance to catch up.
Anything as a Service, Everything as a Service explained
by Stephen J. Bigelow
As cloud providers diversify, Anything as a Service and Everything as a Service become interchangeable in the cloud landscape.
- One-on-one with Randy Bias: Cloud standards and the battle for control by Lauren Horwitz, Executive Editor
Tackling cloud concerns from the front lines
by Steve Gunderson, Contributor
Cloud may be the hottest technology for data centers in years, but abandoning traditional IT processes can cause cloud issues and set a company back.
Microsoft tries 'kitchen sink' method for Windows Server 2012 upgrade
by Ed Scannell, Senior Executive Editor
With the Windows Server 2012 upgrade available, Microsoft experts analyze the risks and rewards of the feature-rich release.
- Tackling cloud concerns from the front lines by Steve Gunderson, Contributor
Introducing the software-defined data center
by Bob Plankers
The software-defined data center is here to stay, but what does that mean for IT pros?
Five examples of doublespeak from cutting edge technology vendors
by Adam Hughes, News Editor
The terms used by vendors to describe cutting edge technology are often colorful. Here are five examples and the truth behind the tech.
- Introducing the software-defined data center by Bob Plankers
More Premium Content Accessible For Free
A few big server hardware vendors ruled the world of enterprise IT for years. Now, virtualization and cloud computing have changed the game and ...
As an increasing number of workloads get virtualized and moved to cloud environments, application performance becomes a perennial concern. As a ...
As data centers virtualize a greater number of resources and scale for more workloads, two tasks become critical to ensure application performance: ...