What is the Largest Single Cost Category in Your IT Hardware Budget?
If you're like most of the enterprise customer organizations that were
surveyed when we were designing Windows Server 2012, your answer is probably
the same as theirs: STORAGE! For the organizations we surveyed, we found that
as much as 60% of their annual hardware budgets were allocated to expensive
hardware SAN solutions due to ever-increasing storage requirements.
Wouldn't it be nice to have some of that budget back for other IT
projects? YES! We agree too ... that's why the server team included "Storage
Spaces" in Windows Server 2012!
Get Ready for "Storage Spaces"!
"Storage Spaces" is a new storage virtualization technology that's included
in Windows Server 2012 and our FREE Hyper-V Server 2012 to provide SAN-like
storage capabilities and performance using commodity hardware components,
such as ... (more)
This month, my fellow IT Pro Technical Evangelists and I are authoring a new
articles series on 20 Key Scenarios with Windows Azure Infrastructure
Services. You can catch the full series at http://aka.ms/CloudTop20. In
today's article in this series, we'll discuss extending our On-premises
Datacenter into a Hybrid Network Infrastructure with Windows Server 2012,
Windows Azure Virtual Networks and Site-to-Site VPN Tunnels.
Windows Azure Virtual Networks allow us to securely extend our Private Cloud
with a hybrid network infrastructure that leverages the best of two worlds:
the ... (more)
The upcoming general availability of Windows 8 on Oct 26th and the launch of
the new Windows App Store presents us all with the greatest Windows
developer opportunities ever! Get ready by attending a Windows 8 Developer
Camp! Developer Camps provide a great opportunity to jump start
your development skills in a fun information-packed 1-day event that gives
you all the tools, knowledge and guidance you need to get started.
Windows 8 Developer Camps are coming soon to Detroit MI, Columbus OH and
Austin TX ... Seating is very limited, so be sure to register today using the
What is Hyper-V Network Virtualization?
Any Service, Any Server, Any Data Center or Cloud!
True network and virtual machine portability - that's the ultimate goal of
Hyper-V Network Virtualization - allowing you, as an IT Pro, to align
changing business needs with the best physical resource locations to run your
VMs and network services - easily, without the sweeping network, router,
switch, firewall and DNS changes with which we'd traditionally
be plagued when merely attempting the feat of relocating VMs to a new rack,
subnet or data center ... WOW!
Windows Server 2012 and our ... (more)
Windows Server 2012 and our completely free Hyper-V Server 2012 certainly
have some really cost-effective new storage options, with Storage Spaces and
Hyper-V over SMB 3.0. However, many IT Pros have already invested in iSCSI
shared storage and, as a result, many Hyper-V deployments also need to be
able to leverage these existing storage investments.
iSCSI? No problem! Windows Server 2012 and Hyper-V Server 2012 include native
support for a software iSCSI initiator as well as MPIO ( Multipath IO ) for
resiliency and load balancing of storage IO over multiple network paths.
In t... (more)