Microsoft, the tech giant, launched on Monday its much awaited Windows Server 2012, the cornerstone of the Cloud OS . Windows Server 2012 redefines the server operating system and introduces advanced storage, networking,virtualization, automation and end user access capabilities. It delivers a transformational leap in the speed, scale and power that datacenters and applications can build on.
This version will provide the single platform to manage and deliver services across private, public and hosted clouds. Shifting to automation is the first and foremost motto of the new OS, which will be delivering more than 200 services to the customers. As part of the launch, Microsoft officials are webcasting demonstrations of some of the estimated 300 new features that are part of the product.
Microsoft execs have been wrestling with the best way to explain the company’s approach to the cloud for the past few years. “Software plus services” gave way to “We’re all in,” which later gave way to Microsoft’s public/private/hybrid messaging.
Since earlier this summer — starting around the time of the Worldwide Partner Conference — Microsoft tweaked its messaging again. The latest word is that public (Windows Azure), private (Windows Server) and hosted (partner-hosted Windows Server) are the three pieces of Microsoft’s “Cloud OS” pie.
“Our Cloud OS platform is consistent across all of these things,” said Michael Park, Corporate Vice President of the Windows Server and Management Marketing Team. “And Windows Server 2012 was written from the cloud, up.”
“We’re opening the door to every app being available on every cloud. We’ve thought delivery of the Cloud OS across public, private and hosed. Users will be cloud-ready from the get-go at multiple layers.” Park said
In a post on Microsoft’s official blog, Satya Nadella, President of Microsoft server and tools business, discussed about the four things in building the Cloud OS:
“In building the Cloud OS, we are focused on four key things. First is the transformation of the data center. We want to bring together all of the resources provided by a traditional data center – storage, networking and computing – into one platform that scales elastically with an organization’s needs. Second is offering the APIs and runtimes to enable developers to create modern applications – for mobile, social and big data. A third important aspect of the Cloud OS is ensuring personalized services and experiences, so that any user on any device can access all of their data and applications. Lastly, data of any size or type, stored anywhere and processed in any style, must be a first-class citizen of the Cloud OS.”
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