Microsoft launches Windows Server 2012 to power the Cloud OS

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Kochi: Microsoft today 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 data-centre without boundaries.”

Microsoft built Windows Server 2012 from the cloud up, applying its experience operating global data-centres that rely on hundreds of thousands of servers to deliver more than 200 cloud services. Windows Server 2012 expands the definition of a server operating system, incorporating traditionally separate technologies, such as advanced storage, networking, virtualization and automation capabilities. Hundreds of new features can help customers achieve a transformational leap in the speed, scale and power of their data-centres and applications. In combination with Windows Azure and System Centre, Windows Server 2012 empowers customers to manage and deliver applications and services across private, hosted and public clouds.

Customers can use their 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. Many enterprise customers are already seeing tremendous value in early deployments.

“Windows Server 2012 built from the cloud up helps customers achieve a modern data-centre 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. It further empowers IT to provide users with flexible access to data and applications anywhere on any device with simplified management, security and control” commented Srikanth Karnakota, Director Server and Cloud Business, Microsoft.

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