Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/11/02/live_chat_windows_server_2012/

Windows Server 2012: We defluff Microsoft's 'cloud' OS

Reg readers had their say in a lunchtime chat

By Gavin Clarke

Posted in Software, 2nd November 2012 08:20 GMT

Live Chat Microsoft calls Windows Server 2012 part of its “cloud operating system”. In a field loaded with subjective and loaded terms, Microsoft is surely adding to the confusion.

Say “cloud”, and you think Amazon, Google, VMware – but Microsoft?

Yet Windows Server 2012 brings changes in scalability, management and flexibility that are helping turn the tide on one member of that triumvirate – VMware. This is because customers are starting to switch to Hyper-V, the Windows hypervisor-based virtualisation system which comes bundled in with Windows Server 2012, rather than paying extra for VMware.

All-About-Microsoft’s Mary Jo-Foley; Reg regular and ITwriting author Tim Anderson; MVP and co-author of the Great Big Hyper-V Survey Aidan Finn, representing Microsoft; and fellow Reg readers joined a Live Chat to talk about what's in Windows Server 2012 and why exactly it's starting to turn the tide on market-leader VMware.

We looked at why enterprises are likely to upgrade now rather than later and worked out where Windows Server 2012 fits into a Redmond cloud story that also contains Windows Azure.

Is this a "software data centre", a "cloud OS" or server marketing BS?

Read on...