The next version of Windows Server, which was previously known as Windows Server 8, has been officially christened as Windows Server 2012 over at the Microsoft Management Summit in Las Vegas.
Corporate Vice President Brad Anderson addressed a crowd of 5,000 in his keynote yesterday, in which he made it clear that the product will be released later this year. Anderson wasn't shy when he asserted "nothing Microsoft has ever done has ever been as ambitious" as the features incorporated into the OS.
Principal Product Manager Jeff Woolsey detailed a few of those features, boasting about Windows Server 2012's network virtualisation capabilities, which facilitate multiple virtual networks sharing the same network fabric in isolation from each other. He also touched on the increased capabilities of the Hyper-V virtual machine hypervisor.
The majority of Anderson's keynote, however, was given over to Microsoft System Centre 2012, which was made available for both evaluation and purchase yesterday. This, MS boasts, is a "fast track" to cloud computing, enabling the swift launch of private clouds.
In a press statement, Microsoft noted: "IT organizations that use System Center 2012 and Windows Server with Hyper-V for cloud computing are helping their companies move faster, save money and compete better.
"For example, EmpireCLS Worldwide Chauffeured Services, a luxury car service headquartered in New Jersey, has used a Microsoft private cloud to reduce datacentre costs by 50 percent amid 30 percent company growth during the past 18 months."