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Microsoft tries 'kitchen sink' method for Windows Server 2012 upgrade
This article is part of the Modern Infrastructure issue of October 2012, Volume 1, Issue 1
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 ...
Features in this issue
When discussing open source cloud and standards, Randy Bias argues it's only a matter of time before dominant cloud standards prevail in IT.
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.
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.
With the Windows Server 2012 upgrade available, Microsoft experts analyze the risks and rewards of the feature-rich release.
As cloud providers diversify, Anything as a Service and Everything as a Service become interchangeable in the cloud landscape.
Columns in this issue
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