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Partha SrinivasanProduct Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products
Partha Srinivasan is the product manager for Windows Embedded Server, Microsoft SQL Server and Windows Embedded Compact products within the Windows Embedded group at Microsoft Corp. He develops product strategy, positioning and launches as well as core marketing content and communication.
Before joining Microsoft in 2012, Srinivasan served as a product manager for Motorola Mobility, where he partnered with Telco operators to plan and build carrier-branded applications and services.
Srinivasan holds a master’s degree in computer science from the Illinois Institute of Technology and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In his free time, he enjoys reading and spending quality time with his family.
Posted By Partha SrinivasanProduct Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL products
I’ve written before about how server appliances that are used in the industrial automation and manufacturing industries can improve productivity. Today, I have a real-life illustration of just how powerfully effective these systems can be.
Let me explain this with a real-time scenario based on the 800xA system from ABB, a collaboration platform that provides great overview of a plant’s operation. This is achieved by enabling collaboration between enterprise systems, plant systems, desktop applications and plant equipment. The platform improves operations, engineering, control and maintenance, enabling enterprises to do real-time decision making and improve energy efficiency, asset utilization and operational effectiveness.
Posted By Partha SrinivasanSenior Product Manager
When we launched Windows Embedded Compact 2013 in June 2013, we created an operating system platform well suited for creating small-footprint devices that provide silicon flexibility with real-time capabilities. We also updated the product with the latest tools and technologies by integrating with the latest Visual Studio (at the time, Visual Studio 2012), Compact .Net Framework 3.9 (based on .Net Framework 3.9), and a new compiler with better optimization, networking and cloud capabilities.
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Posted By Partha SrinivasanProduct Manager, Windows Embedded Server and SQL Products
Today Windows Server 2012 R2 for Embedded Systems becomes generally available.
We think this is going to become the product for purpose-built, next-generation, enterprise class server appliances. With this edition, enterprises and OEMs now have a lot more capabilities and a host of improvements they can leverage to enhance performance, save space and ensure nearly constant uptime.
For one thing, we’ve substantially improved the product’s virtualization capabilities. This is good news for OEMs in particular, who have been utilizing virtualization to consolidate the physical architecture of their solutions and improve the ROI of their products.
R2 also features a host of upgrades designed to improve performance in a day-to-day, real-world way. The time it takes to complete a live migration has been cut in half. We’ve increased data transfer rates to 10 gigabits per second, greatly enhancing speed. We’ve also added support for USB access in guess VMs, making it easier to perform software deployment and file management. These improvements will enable OEMs to offer better products to support real world scenarios where optimized load balancing and live migration are critical.
The combination of those two areas means that not only can you run a smaller number of server appliances, but you can do so at a higher capacity. This should result in some really interesting scenarios for operating high-performance solutions in reduced-space environments. Already we’ve seen our customer Lufthansa Systems develop a small-footprint server appliance for use in airplanes, to facilitate in-flight entertainment.
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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 industry devices simpler and faster. These server appliances are used in a number of industry 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. In the coming weeks, I’ll be blogging about how the use of these server appliances adds tremendous value to enterprises in all of the major industries; in this blog, we will see how server appliances generate business intelligence when used in the retail industry as in-store servers.
To survive and thrive in an ultracompetitive business environment, retail companies need to create and deliver a differentiated customer experience, and maintain it consistently across all touch points. With so many aspects of the customer experience now enabled, driven and aided by technology, there are new opportunities for retail companies to effectively extend their brand across multiple remote locations. Retailers work towards building store systems that scalable, modular and purpose-built, and optimized to connect with their headquarters IT systems to be able to pull data in real time. And they look for cost-effective, high-performance solutions that generate reports that include actionable data to enable better business decisions, as well as better customer service.
Since we launched Windows Embedded Compact 2013, one of the key requests we’ve gotten has been around the availability of Wi-Fi drivers for the hardware platforms supported by the operating system. We have exciting news to share: One of our Windows Embedded Compact partners, embWise, recently announced the availability of a WLAN driver, and partner iWave Systems is in the process of making Wi-Fi drivers available soon.