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Targeting cloud, Microsoft set to revamp major enterprise software platforms

Tim Greene | June 4, 2013
At TechEd: Windows Server, SQL Server, others get second major refresh in a year, focus on hybrid cloud.

It can also deduplicate data, consolidating repetitive strings. Anderson says a demonstration will show how the data footprint for a VDI deployment can be reduced 95%.

Hyper-V virtualization within Windows Server can replicate copies of data to service provider data centers and then enable further replication by the providers for purposes of disaster recovery.

A new hybrid cloud feature enables stretching corporate computing resources into a public cloud by moving Web servers into a public cloud while retaining their old IP addresses, leaving the data tier back in the corporate data center.

The new version of the server simplifies setting up Active Directory Federated Services, which enables single sign-on to related Web applications during a single online session, essentially extending Active Directory to Azure.

A feature called Windows Server Work Folders enables replicating data from local hard drives to a data center, then re-replicating it out to other devices.

During the keynote Microsoft will demonstrate fast and slow storage and how that can be optimized to improve input/output operations per second (IOPS).

SQL Server 2014
The latest version will include Hekaton, the Microsoft code name for its new in-memory processing for applications in the database that the company says can dramatically improve the number of transactions per second. Customers will attest to increases of 15 times on the same hardware, Anderson says. There will be a demonstration of this from a perspective of business intelligence.

SQL has the ability to do backup and disaster recovery to Azure.

System Center
This server will have the same portal that Azure had that is being enabled by Azure Pack. This could be used with System Center, for example, to enable end users in a department to create new virtual machines within cloud infrastructure based on policies set up by IT. "It's self-service, exactly as if you were to go to Azure," Anderson says.

Visual Studio 2013
This software development platform can be tied in to Azure so when developers are ready to test whether new applications will scale up they can create virtual machines within Azure on which to run the tests, then turn off the virtual machines when testing is done.

The new version gives individuals visibility into portions of the code other development team members are working on, visibility into what tests have been run, and access to logs that show who has worked on what blocks of code. Individuals can also chat natively within Visual Studio with other developers. Some of these features will be demoed.

Visual Studio's connection to System Center has been improved, reducing the time to resolution of problems that are found with apps in production. When IT encounters such problems it can snapshot the server on a virtual machine that the developer can work on offline, find a fix and publish it to IT to roll out as an update.


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