Windows Server 2012 - A Quick Peek

Windows Server 2012 - A Quick Peek

Windows 8 availability wasn’t the only major announcement made today at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference (MWPC) that’s ongoing in Toronto, Canada for this week.

As reported in our earlier news post, Windows 8 will reach RTM (release to manufacturing) stage in the first week of August and will reach general consumer availability by end October. Windows Server 2012 will also reach RTM at the same time frame, first week of August, and will be have general availability in the channels by September.

Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure together will form the new backbone to Microsoft’s continued push to providing businesses with management, deployment and virtualization needs. With the Redmond company’s experience in operating cloud services through Windows Azure based data centers offering platform as a service and infrastructure as a service at the ‘turn of a tap’, they aim to reach out and deliver ever more private cloud services in the age of operating in the cloud - even for small businesses.

In fact, Microsoft has so much faith in the progress of their new generation server software that all the front-end servers for their Bing search engine are now running Windows Server 2012 release preview edition, even before the OS has reached the RTM stage.

With Windows Server 2012 designed to be scalable and elastic, just exactly what is it capable of? At the recent Microsoft Tech Ed Europe 2012, we were given a sneak peek of some of its capabilities in terms of managing/deploying virtual systems, volumes and setting policies which are now a lot more sensible and easier than in previous server OS iterations. Some of the hardware support highlights of the new Windows Server 2012 are probably what caught our attention span most:-

  • Logical processor support: Up to 320
  • Physical memory support per server: Up to 4TB
  • Memory size per Virtual Machine (VM): Up to 1TB
  • Maximum virtual disk size: Up to 64TB

Microsoft created and showcased an actual virtual drive volume size of a whopping 64TB!

To further prove their point of vastly improved hardware support on Microsoft’s Server 2012 OS, they even set up two servers that acted as host/guest systems using the release candidate edition of Server 2012. The host system had 80 logical processors (five Xeon CPUs), 256GB RAM and 40 SSDs while the guest system had 64 logical processor (four Xeon CPUs), 64GB RAM and 40 SSD drives too. With a grueling IOMeter run of 4K Random I/O configured for queue depth of 32 and 40 concurrent threads, the outcome was over a million IOPS per server!

A demonstration of a server with lots of RAM and SSDs configured correctly that’s able to dish out over a million IOPS in Windows Server 2012!

Here are some of the other highlights of Windows Server 2012.

Source: Microsoft, Windows Server Blog.

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