Microsoft Windows Server 2012 is a huge step forward in Microsoft’s evolution and provides an industry-leading platform for virtualization that can provide the foundation both for on-premise private clouds and for host-provided public clouds in support of Microsoft workloads such as Exchange, SQL Server, and SharePoint.
The main new features of Windows Server 2012 include:
• Virtualization for a heterogeneous environment with industry-leading capabilities for Microsoft Windows and Linux workloads
• Enhanced manageability, supporting large-scale server management with the same simplicity as single-server management
• Capability to run any application in any cloud using a common feature set for both on and off-premises deployment.
Windows Server 2012 delivers tremendous server virtualization capabilities and a flexible cloud platform with enhancements in the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 operating system as well as many enhancements in Hyper-V. Our Cisco UCS server platform -- which is certified for Windows Server 2012 -- in combination with the Cisco Nexus 1000V Series and Cisco Data Center VM-FEX provides an optimal platform for Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V deployments, enabling organizations to take full advantage of the Microsoft Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V capabilities and also to extend them through integrated Cisco solutions.
In the area of solutions we have been working with our strategic storage partners EMC and NetApp to bring to market Microsoft Fast Track validated private cloud and System Center 2012 reference architectures with EMC VSPEX for Hyper-V and with FlexPod with Microsoft Private Cloud. These solutions integrate computing, networking, management, and storage resources to provide a unified data center architecture that delivers outstanding performance for your business applications.
Finally on the infrastructure management side of the house, Cisco’s Microsoft Windows PowerShell integration between Cisco’s UCS Manager and Microsoft System Center 2012 helps enable organizations to use a single, unified approach for managing all aspects of a Microsoft and Cisco solution.
At Cisco many people have been quite busy working on preparing our various Windows Server 2012 capabilities -- be it with UCS, Nexus, UCS Manager, or our hardware certification. The results of this work we feel enable Cisco to deliver an optimal infrastructure for your Windows Server 2012 deployments. For more information on our investments in Microsoft’s Windows Server 2012 visit: www.cisco.com/go/microsoft