Feeds

Microsoft gives glimpse of Windows Server 8

Forget vSphere, feel our Hyper-V love

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

WPC 2011 Microsoft has given a peek into Windows 8 Server, the successor to Windows Server 2008 R2 and companion to the tablet-tastic Windows 8 client.

The company is reported Tuesday to have boasted Windows 8 Server will pack more than 100 new features.

Speaking at its Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), however, Microsoft seems to have zeroed in on just one: the new Hyper-V it's positioning as an enabler of cloud computing when used to virtualize server operating systems and applications in your data center.

Microsoft's teaser came in the shadow of virtualization giant VMware's vSphere 5 launch in San Francisco, California, on the same day.

There, VMware chief executive Paul Maritz – a former Microsoft exec with 14 years at the company – boasted that according to various industry analysts VMware virtual machines are about six months away from running 50 per cent of the world's server workloads.

Microsoft is coming from behind in virtualization, and claimed at WPC in Los Angeles, California, that HyperV is the fastest growing virtualization stack.

Cutting to the features at WPC, Microsoft unveiled Hyper-V Replica that will let you replicate virtual machines either immediately or according to a schedule. This will, Mary-Jo Foley reports, let you do something like replicate a mission-critical database to an offsite data vendor.

Microsoft claimed it will be vendor-agnostic and support different storage, data center and software and service providers. In keeping with Microsoft's goal of getting customers to put more of their data in its cloud by not charging for imports, Microsoft will also give Windows Server 8 users unlimited replication without an additional fee per virtual machine.

Hyper-V, meanwhile, will also support more than 16 virtual processors per machine.

Microsoft called Windows 8 Server "the next step in private cloud computing".

Microsoft backed the cloud play by talking planned software that'll unify management of apps running on virtualized Windows servers and on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud.

It announced Systems Center 2012, which will feature an account controller that gives single sign-in to all your apps on different servers, and that provides a tiled view of apps. You will be able to deploy apps using a set of best practices. Systems Center 2012 is due to ship this year.

On the apps front, Microsoft dressed an announcement about a third test build for the next version of SQL Server, codenamed Denali, with a demo of the ability to suck in data from the Windows Azure Data Market to the new database. It did this while showing off what it called "PowerPoint for data" that lets you customize and re-size data fields and turn them into charts and graphs by simply clicking and tugging at them using your mouse.

The Data Market is an online data store with pre-built integration for SQL Server, Office and Bing.

Microsoft, meanwhile, said that finished applications are now available for sale on the Windows Azure Marketplace - there are 578 offerings. Announced in November, the Marketplace, which includes the data Market, was originally a place for sharing data. ®

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
Microsoft: Azure isn't ready for biz-critical apps … yet
Microsoft will move its own IT to the cloud to avoid $200m server bill
Shoot-em-up: Sony Online Entertainment hit by 'large scale DDoS attack'
Games disrupted as firm struggles to control network
Silicon Valley jolted by magnitude 6.1 quake – its biggest in 25 years
Did the earth move for you at VMworld – oh, OK. It just did. A lot
VMware's high-wire balancing act: EVO might drag us ALL down
Get it right, EMC, or there'll be STORAGE CIVIL WAR. Mark my words
Forrester says it's time to give up on physical storage arrays
The physical/virtual storage tipping point may just have arrived
VMware vaporises vCHS hybrid cloud service
AnD yEt mOre cRazy cAps to dEal wIth
prev story

Whitepapers

A new approach to endpoint data protection
What is the best way to ensure comprehensive visibility, management, and control of information on both company-owned and employee-owned devices?
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.
How modern custom applications can spur business growth
Learn how to create, deploy and manage custom applications without consuming or expanding the need for scarce, expensive IT resources.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.