Microsoft announced in WPC 2012 that they are going to launch Windows Server 2012 in September 2012. According to Satya Nadella, Windows Server 2012 will be released to manufacturers sometime in August and become generally available for sale in September.
Nadella, speaking in his keynote presentation on the second day of Microsoft’s Worldwide Partners Conference (WPC) in Toronto, promised the assembled resellers that his company will be pitching hard against VMware. Microsoft has already launched a Switch to Hyper-V campaign that aims to help partners migrate VMware customers onto Hyper-V and Windows Server.
The company also touted specific performance enhancements in Windows Server, including benchmarks that best those of rival VMware. Windows Server 2012 will support up to 320 logical processors per server, up to 4 terabytes of memory per server and up to 64 virtual processors per virtual machine, said Jeff Woolsey, senior program manager for Windows Server Virtualization at Microsoft.
The new server OS also adds a feature Woolsey called offloaded data transfer (ODX) for faster backups to storage. He tried to move a 10GB file to storage without ODX and noted how network utilization spiked because of the load. With ODX on, the file was backed up to storage in about 10 seconds.
“This type of performance is unheard of and it makes Server 2012 a no-brainer for cloud storage,” Woolsey concluded