Microsoft on Tuesday February 14, posted feature stories of its members of the Windows Server team who talked about their groundbreaking work in moving customers to the cloud--and what else they find fascinating.
In the post "Meet the Team That Puts 'Amazing Power' at People's Fingertips", the Windows Server team reveals Microsoft is now seeing the upcoming Windows Server 8 as a cloud operating system, which will provide better management capabilities, increased security and significant cost savings.
Microsoft belives Windows Server 8 will also help many Microsoft customers move more of their business to the cloud.
"With Windows Server 8, we now see it as a cloud operating system, which is to say an OS for lots of servers and all the devices that connect them. That means we're able to give customers a far more coherent experience at lower cost and lower effort on their part," the Windows Server team stated.
"Windows Server 8 really sets us up to enable the little guy to get ahead," says Betsy Speare, a principle program manager lead in the Windows Server Manageability team, whose responsibilities include overseeing Group Policy, the most widely used management tool in the world. "That's what the cloud does; it puts this amazing power at everyone's fingertips. With this release, we're building the platform for that. When people who aren't deeply technical have the capability to create solutions because the power is right there, it will be amazing to see what happens."
Microsoft believes that Windows Server 8 is the biggest and most transformational server release they have ever had. "It's not just the great advances we've made in storage, networking and virtualization. What's most transformational is the change of identity. In past, we always viewed Windows Server as an operating system for a single server," Microsoft adds. Not anymore. Windows Server 8 will now be viewed as a cloud operating system.
"Windows Server 8 really sets us up to enable the little guy to get ahead. That's what the cloud does; it puts this amazing power at everyone's fingertips. With this release, we're building the platform for that. When people who aren't deeply technical have the capability to create solutions because the power is right there, it will be amazing to see what happens," says Jeffrey Snover, lead architect for Windows Server.
Microsoft believes that they have "pulled all the pieces together" when it comes to Windows Server 8 and promises to deliver a great solution.
Windows Server is a mission-critical application; it's running large-scale infrastructure in businesses around the world. So when you're thinking about changing what's going to happen in the next release, or moving in some new direction, you have to be really aware of how people are using your product today and how you want them to use it in the future. And then you have to figure out how to move forward in a way that doesn't disrupt the business they're in. There's this really interesting tension between where your customers are now and where they need you to take the product in the future.