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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Build efficient server appliances using Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems

    Posted By Partha Srinivasan
    Product Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products

    The following is the third in a series of posts on Windows Server 2012 for Embedded Systems written by the team at Microsoft Windows Embedded.

    As indicated in the previous blogs, customers of Embedded OEMs can now start testing the new Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems (binary identical to Windows Server 2012 R2) that provides improved performance, hybrid cloud-service capabilities and innovative storage options for building robust, industry-class server appliances.

    OEM manufacturers use Windows Server for Embedded Systems to build server appliances—preinstalled hardware and software combined with the operating system—which make the configuration, deployment and management of industrial devices simpler and faster. These server appliances are used in a number of industrial devices such as PACS machines in hospitals, store servers in retail stores, historian servers in manufacturing plants, and are a key enabler in developing intelligent system architectures.

    Today we are going to focus on the new storage features that are included in the Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Build high performance server appliances with Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems

    Posted By Partha Srinivasan
    Product Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products

    The following is the second in a series of posts on Windows Server 2012 for Embedded Systems written by the team at Microsoft Windows Embedded.

    As indicated in the previous blog, Embedded OEMs and customers can now start testing their suitability for using the new Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems (binary identical to the Windows Server 2012 R2), which provides improved performance, hybrid cloud-service capabilities and innovative storage options for building robust, industry class server appliances.

    OEM manufacturers use Windows Server for embedded systems to build server appliances—preinstalled hardware and software combined with the operating system—which make the configuration, deployment and management of industrial devices simpler and faster. These server appliances are used in a number of industrial devices such as PACS machines in hospitals, store servers in retail stores and historian servers in manufacturing plants, and are a key enabler in developing intelligent systems architectures.

    Today we are going to focus on the new performance features within virtualization, networking and automation areas that are included in Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Solving patient-data breaches starts with human solutions

    Posted By Valerie Olague
    Americas Business Group Lead

    You hear or read about it almost every day: Patient healthcare data breaches involving thousands, even hundreds of thousands of patient records. It can happen in hospitals, physicians’ offices, research centers and nearly everywhere patient data records are held. As a consumer of healthcare, I certainly get nervous with every new article, wondering “Who has access to my medical information?”

    Is the problem with the software systems? In some cases, yes. For example, I recently read how some free mobile health applications sell user information to advertisers. As a marketer, I can see some potential user benefits to this.  For one, if I upload information indicating I have a bad cold and within an hour I get a coupon for free nasal spray, that’s not so bad. But what about having a deeply personal medical issue and suddenly your name is made available to every company that wants to profit from your illness?  Picture a phone call while eating dinner with the family at home and your child picks up the phone to hear a pre-recorded message on the advantages of Viagra. That’s not so good.

    Thanks to the Patient Protection and the Affordable Care Act (PPACA), I don’t have to worry about being denied insurance due to a pre-existing illness if I decided to leave my job. But that doesn’t mean my healthcare records should be easily available to insurance companies … or to advertisers. The PPACA also includes a new mandate for Electronic Medical Records (EMR) systems that is set to take effect in 2014. Healthcare providers are now attempting to get these systems implemented before the deadline and outside of cost, security of patient data is high on the list for the selection process. Some companies don’t trust larger EMR and EHR software vendors and thus try to write the systems themselves. The Pentagon has already spent five years and more than $1 billion trying to do just this but found it was a lot harder than they thought.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Now available: preview of new Windows Server 2012 R2

    Posted By Partha Srinivasan
    Product Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products

    The following is the first in a series of posts on Windows Server 2012 for Embedded Systems written by the team at Microsoft Windows Embedded.

    Windows Embedded customers can now download a release preview of the upcoming Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems(the binary identical to the Windows Server 2012 R2), which will be available later this year. The preview allows customers to get their hands on a fully cloud-ready operating system that provides improved performance, hybrid cloud-service capabilities and innovative storage options for building robust, industry class server appliances.

    OEM manufacturers use Windows Server for Embedded Systems to build server appliances — preinstalled hardware and software combined with the operating system — which make the configuration, deployment and management of industrial devices simpler and faster. One of the key benefits of the embedded channel is the availability of recovery image; the pre-packaged image makes recovery from system failures quicker, reducing downtime and thus meeting regulatory SLA requirements for high availability. These server appliances are used in a number of industrial devices such as PACS machines in hospitals, store servers in retail stores, historian servers in manufacturing plants, and are a key enabler in developing intelligent system architectures.

    So what’s new coming from Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems? There are many features and functionalities that are enhanced over the Windows Server 2012 for Embedded Systems, such as improvements to virtualization, networking, storage, server management and automation. Today, we offer an overview of the new features that can be leveraged by our embedded customers.

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  • Windows Embedded Blog

    Windows Embedded 8 Volume Licensing program brings new opportunities for partners

    Posted By Karen Roberts
    Senior Partner Marketing Manager

    The launch of Windows Embedded 8 through Volume Licensing is not only big news for enterprises, it’s also an important milestone for our solution partners and transactional partners that are just being introduced to Windows Embedded, as it expands and deepens opportunities in the growing intelligent systems market.

    According to IDC, the intelligent systems market is expected to reach $2.3 trillion in revenue by 2016 – more than double the estimated 2012 market size. Partners that create devices and solutions with Windows Embedded 8 will be well positioned to capitalize on this growth by offering their enterprise customers an added level of value, including direct critical features and functionality from Microsoft.

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