Windows Server "8" Beta available

Written by Dr. Rainer Pollak, CTO dataglobal on Thursday, 01 March 2012. Posted in Basics

Successor of Windows Server 2008R2

The beta of Windows Server "8" is now available for IT professionals and software developers around the world to download, to evaluate, and to give feedback on to Microsoft.


In September Microsoft introduced Windows Server "8" with a preview to help developers and hardware partners prepare new and existing applications, systems and devices. 
Now is the time for you, IT professionals in organizations of all sizes, to get your hands on this new release, discover the new capabilities and contribute to the development of what Microsoft calls the cloud-optimized OS.

In this post we highlight just a few examples of new capabilities that you'll want to explore.

Windows Server "8" introduces Dynamic Access Control (DAC). DAC is an additional level of security and efficiency in managig access rights. In addition to the existing mechanisms access can be granted or denied based on the classification of single files. Windows Server "8" provides all the basic infrastructure for this and the complete integration into the operating system.

With the new Hyper-V Microsoft is taking virtualization above and beyond to provide a multi-tenant platform for cloud computing. For example, with Hyper-V Network Virtualization you can create virtual networks so different business units, or even multiple customers, can seamlessly share network infrastructure. You will be able to move virtual machines and servers around without losing their network assignments.

In Windows Server "8" Microsoft is delivering high availability and disaster recovery through software technology on much more cost effective hardware. For example, with File Server Transparent Failover you can now more easily perform hardware or software maintenance of nodes in a File Server cluster by moving file shares between nodes with little interruption to server applications that are storing data on those file shares.

Microsoft is also delivering a tremendous amount of new capabilities for multi-machine management and automation. You will want to explore the dramatic new improvements to Server Manager, as well as the new Windows PowerShell. With 2,300 commandlets provided out of the box, Windows PowerShell allows you to automate everything you can do manually with the user interface.

Additionally, Windows Server "8" provides a powerful server application platform that enables you to develop and host the most demanding of application workloads. For example, with .NET Framework 4.5 you can take advantage of new asynch language and library support to build server and web applications that scale far beyond what other platforms provide. The new IIS 8 web server provides better security isolation and resource sand-boxing between applications, native support for web sockets, and the ability to host significantly more sites on a server.


About the Author

Dr. Rainer Pollak, CTO dataglobal

Dr. Rainer Pollak, CTO dataglobal

Since 2006 Dr. Rainer Pollak is the CTO at dataglobal GmbH and is responsible for the continuing development of the dg product family. Rainer started his career at Debis GmbH as a leading application developer, then was a senior manager at UBS Software Service in charge of Executive Account services and a strategic account manager at USU AG before becoming the chief executive of the Tress and Pollak GmbH. Rainer has a wide range of experience in the field: he has developed corporate invoicing applications according to HGB and US GAAP for Daimler-Benz, host client/server migration solutions for ERP systems and cluster solutions for high availability as well as carried out client rollouts for the largest computer center operator in Europe and provided diverse IT specifications (storage on demand, server operation for Windows etc.) for Audi. Rainer has a PhD in Computer Science from University of Stuttgart where he received a grant from the Intel Corporation in 1994.

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