At Day 2, of Microsoft's BUILD conference, Microsoft released a developer preview of the next version of its server operating system, Windows Server 8.
"Windows Server 8 applies Microsoft's experience building and operating the Windows Azure public cloud to provide a cloud-optimized operating system focused on delivery of applications, interoperability within today's diverse IT environments, high-performance virtualization and strong links to public clouds," Microsoft stated.
"Windows Server 8 provides multi-tenant infrastructure for cloud services with significant enhancements to help reduce the costs of high availability and to automate service management. As an open application and Web platform that shares common management, identity and development tools with Windows Azure, Windows Server 8 empowers developers and IT professionals to deliver services across their choice of private and public cloud environments, or a combination of both," the software comapny explains.
Windows Server 8 will help you provide:
- A complete virtualization platform that delivers a fully isolated, multitenant environment with tools that can guarantee service-level agreements, enable chargebacks through usage-based billing, and support self-service delivery.
- Increased scalability and performance through a high-density, highly scalable environment that can be modified to perform at the optimum level based on your needs.
- Connectivity to cloud services using a common identity and management framework for secure and reliable cross-premises connectivity.
The Windows Server 8 Developer Preview is available to MSDN subscribers. More insights about Windows Server 8 can be found on the Microsoft Server and Cloud blog.