Microsoft announcedWindows Server 8 and let`s focuse on Bill Laing’s blog here:
Windows Server “8” beta available now!
Bill Laing, Windows Server
1 Mar 2012 8:00 AM
The betaof Windows Server “8” is now available forIT professionals and software developers around the world to download, toevaluate, and to give us feedback on.
In September we introduced Windows Server “8” with a preview tohelp developers and hardware partners prepare new and existing applications,systems and devices. The response from that community, along with hundreds ofcustomers in our early adopters program, has been incredibly positive. A commontheme of feedback has been how broad and deep the new capabilities are.
Now is the time for you, ITprofessionals in organizations of all sizes, to get your hands on this newrelease, discover the new capabilities and contribute to the development ofwhat we call the cloud-optimized OS.
I’ll highlight in this post justa few examples of new capabilities that you’ll want to explore.
With the new Hyper-V we aretaking virtualization above and beyond to provide a multi-tenant platform forcloud computing. For example, with Hyper-V Network Virtualization you cancreate virtual networks so different business units, or even multiplecustomers, can seamlessly share network infrastructure. You will be ableto move virtual machines and servers around without losing their networkassignments.
In Windows Server “8” we aredelivering high availability and disaster recovery through software technologyon much more cost effective hardware. For example, with File Server TransparentFailover you can now more easily perform hardware or software maintenance of nodesin a File Server cluster by moving file shares between nodes with littleinterruption to server applications that are storing data on those file shares.
We’re also delivering atremendous amount of new capabilities for multi-machine management and automation.You will want to explore the dramatic new improvements to Server Manager, aswell as the new Windows PowerShell. With 2,300 commandlets provided out of thebox, Windows PowerShell allows you to automate everything you can do manuallywith the user interface. And, with technologies like Intellisense, we’ve madeit very easy for you to master all of that power.
Additionally, Windows Server “8”provides a powerful server application platform that enables you to develop andhost the most demanding of application workloads. For example, with .NETFramework 4.5 you can take advantage of new asynch language and library supportto build server and web applications that scale far beyond what other platformsprovide. Our new IIS 8 web server provides better security isolation andresource sand-boxing between applications, native support for web sockets, andthe ability to host significantly more sites on a server.
This is just a brief taste of thehundreds of features and capabilities you will find in the beta. (My team haswritten a number of other posts you can read here.)If you have been using and providing feedback on the developer preview ofWindows Server “8,” thank you! I can’t wait for more people to start trying outWindows Server “8” and letting us know what they think.
Bill LaingCorporate Vice President, Server and Cloud