Microsoft launches Windows Server 2012
Microsoft on Wednesday launched the Windows Server 2012 to power the Cloud OS.
Microsoft announced the general availability of Windows Server 2012 where Satya Nadella, President of Microsoft Server and Tools Business described how Windows Server 2012 is a cornerstone of the Cloud OS that provides customers with a modern platform for the world's applications.
"The operating system has always been the heartbeat of IT and is now undergoing a renaissance in the new world of continuous cloud services, connected devices and big data," Nadella said.
"Microsoft's unique legacy in the most widely used operating systems, applications and cloud services positions us to deliver the Cloud OS, based on Windows Server and Windows Azure, helping customers achieve a datacenter without boundaries," Nadella said.
Microsoft built Windows Server 2012 from the cloud up, applying its experience operating global datacenters that rely on hundreds of thousands of servers to deliver more than 200 cloud services.
Windows Server 2012 would expand the definition of a server operating system by incorporating traditionally separate technologies, such as advanced storage, networking, virtualization and automation capabilities.
Hundreds of new features could help customers achieve a transformational leap in the speed, scale and power of their datacenters and applications.
In combination with Windows Azure and System Center, Windows Server 2012 empowers customers to manage and deliver applications and services across private, hosted and public clouds.
Customers could use the existing skills and investments in systems management, application development, database, identity and virtualization to take advantage of Windows Server 2012 and realize the promise of cloud computing.
ISGN, a global end-to-end technology, analytics and services provider to more than 400 US mortgage lenders, including seven of the top 10, is using Windows Server 2012 to build their private cloud infrastructure.
"We chose Windows Server 2012 and System Center as it offered best-in-class virtualization and integrated management capabilities", said Kumaran Mudaliar, VP Information Technology at ISGN.
"It has helped us reduce our costs significantly and in our ability to rapidly provision and deploy services to meet our business commitments," Mudaliar said.
"Windows Server 2012 built from the cloud up helps customers achieve a modern datacenter without boundaries, providing flexibility to build and deploy applications on-premises, in the cloud, and in a hybrid environment. Designed as a modern platform for world's applications, Windows Server 2012 dramatically changes the IT economics of storage for high availability and continuous services," said Srikanth Karnakota, Director Server and Cloud Business, Microsoft.
"It further empowers IT to provide users with flexible access to data and applications anywhere on any device with simplified management, security and control," Karnakota said.