Week two articles for the Altech Windows Server 2012 launch site, where I explore some of the new capabilities of Windows Server 2012 for an SMB focused reseller base.
The first time someone familiar with previous versions of Windows Server sits down and takes a close look at Windows Server 2012, it is obvious that this is easily the most significant upgrade of Windows Server in terms of new capabilities being delivered. While the introduction of Windows Server 2000 introduced Active Directory which helped Microsoft gain a dominant position in the network directory space , Windows Server 2012 is helping Microsoft do the same across many fronts, including virtualisation, hosting, and storage, to name a few. The best part is that these capabilities are available to SMB customers, not just large enterprises, changing the landscape of just what a network can deliver at an affordable price.
While technologies on the desktop and in the mobile devices space tend to hog the spotlight, there are always advancements in server hardware platforms that Windows Server needs to keep pace with. Today I will cover some of these, and the benefits these technologies provide to help you with future hardware purchase decisions.
If you’ve been following these posts, you are probably already aware that Windows Server 2012 has implemented some major advances over Windows Server 2008 R2. If you tried to tackle all of the changes that have been included at once, it would be completely overwhelming. The good news is that most of these new capabilities are easily utilised, and can be deployed while still taking advantage of many of your existing skills in Windows Server products.