On July 12, Day 2 at the 2011 WPC, Microsoft provided an early look at the next version of Windows Server, code-named "Windows Server 8," which will be the next step in private cloud computing.
Windows Server 8, the server complement of Windows 8 client, is on the same development track and path as Windows 8 client. And, if speculation to be believed both Windows 8 client and server should be out in 2012, possibly in the first half of the year.
Microsoft demonstrated only one of what officials said would be several of more than 100 new features coming in the next version of Windows Server: The next version of its Hyper-V hypervisor.
Specifically, the company showed off "Hyper-V Replica." In a demonstration from Jeff Woolsey, the Principal Program Manager Lead for Windows Server Virtualization, noted that Microsoft has heard from its customers that it needed to provide more virtual processor support. He said the new Hyper-V will support more than 16 virtual processors per machine.
"Hyper-V Replica feature provides asynchronous virtual machine replication. All users will need is Hyper-V and a network connection. Users will be able to schedule replication to happen immediately or later. The new feature will allow users to do things such as replicate their mission-critical database to an offsite data vendor. Woolsey said that Microsoft will be vendor-agnostic with this and support multiple storage, datacenter and software/service providers," revealed the softies.
Microsoft is also believed to be providing the next version of its Hyper-V hypervisor in the Windows 8 client, as well, though Microsoft has yet to announce this officially.
Microsoft is expected to share more about Windows Server 8 at its Build conference in mid-September.