Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC)

This is an announcement for the launch of Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC), the next release of Windows Server. Windows Server 2012 RC delivers a highly dynamic, available, and cost-effective server platform for private clouds. It offers businesses a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware cloud infrastructure that securely connects across premises and allows IT to respond to business needs faster and more efficiently.

Microsoft offers a common set of tools and services that provide these capabilities, all of which either are found in Windows Server 2012 or easily integrate with it. When combined with a set of management tools, such as System Center 2012, Windows Server 2012 offers a complete private cloud solution. Windows Server 2012 provides the platform functionality that manages the physical servers, networking, and storage access, and enables the management layer built on top of it to expose these as a pool of compute, network, and storage resources.

Key Areas of Improvement Include:

Applications and Websites: Windows Server 2012 has multiple features that enable mission critical applications, improve website density and efficiency, and increase scalability and elasticity for multi-tenant enabled applications. It also enhances support for open standards, open source applications, and various development languages.

Network Virtualization: The Hyper-V Replica functionality of Windows Server 2012 allows migration and placement of virtualized workloads, including from on-premises to a hoster in the cloud, without regard to underlying physical network topology.

Manageability: Windows Server 2012 offers a multi-machine management experience, providing the customer with a cohesive view of their servers and roles.

Storage: Windows Server 2012 offers continuous availability ‘“ if a cloud component fails, there is no blackout period, no service interruption and no lost data.

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