Windows Server 2012 is here...And so is 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 data centres and applications can build on," writes Satya Nadella, president, Server & Tools Business, Microsoft on The Official Microsoft Blog.
The Cloud OS will enable customers to use common virtualization, application development, systems management, data and identity frameworks across all of their clouds.
"It is a world of connected devices and continuous services, and it’s all powered by servers. We believe that software will play the key role in this new era. Specifically, software value manifested as a new operating system for the cloud," he adds.
Along with managing hardware and provide a platform for applications, the Cloud OS also expands to include services and technologies meant for the cloud era.
It is built on four key things.
Transformation of the data centre.
Offering the APIs and runtimes to enable developers to create modern applications – for mobile, social and big data.
Ensuring personalized services and experiences.
Data of any size or type, stored anywhere and processed in any style, must be a first-class citizen of the Cloud OS, the blog post adds.