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Windows Server 8 Reporting for Cloud Duty

It is still probably a year or two away, but that didn't stop Microsoft from promoting Windows Server 8 at last week's Build show. While details were not as forthcoming as they were with the Windows 8 client, Microsoft did wet our server whistle just a bit.

It seems every Microsoft presentation has to be peppered liberally with the word 'cloud' these days, and Windows Server 8 was no exception. The company claims the new server OS is "cloud-optimized," and through the support of large clusters can support scalable cloud services.

And to improve uptime, Microsoft is enhancing Live Migration so there is no interruption when a virtual hard drive is moved from one machine to another.

Microsoft is also looking to lower the cost of storage by turning Just a Bunch of Disks (JBOD) into a unified cloudy storage pool.

Are you Jonesin' for Windows Server 8? If so, what would like to see in it? Advice welcome at dbarney@redmondmag.com.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/19/2011 at 1:18 PM


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