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Hyper-V virtualisation is one of the key benefits of Windows Server 2012, and it works essentially identically in R2 to the original version. One important exception to bear in mind? You shouldn’t use R2′s shared virtual hard disk feature to hosting virtual machine operating systems — purely for shared data sotres.
Microsoft and Oracle’s new partnership means that you can run Oracle’s namesake database software on Hyper-V and Azure, and Java apps will eventually be supported on Azure. It’s good news for enterprises running a mixed Oracle/Windows environment and looking to expand into the cloud, and also suggests that Oracle is also going to give up on its own attempts in the virtualisation market.
Grappling with a virtualised network architecture that’s difficult to manage? The Hyper-V Extensible Switch running on Windows Server 2012 can simplify your management workload, letting you add capabilities to your virtualised network to meet your exact needs.
Our blogging competition winner Tommy Carron packed in a busy first day at TechEd North America 2013. The high points? The inner secrets of Orchestrator and systems designed to deal with lower bandwidth speeds. The low points? Diet Dr Pepper and Microsoft apparently deciding to place a data centre in Alice Springs.
Managing a data centre can be a tricky balancing act. Your organisation needs consistent and stable infrastructure that supports a growing business, but you also need to know how to incorporate modern IT trends will help you remain competitive. Microsoft is inviting Lifehacker readers to join a free webcast on June 4. Senior data centre gurus will explain how the cloud delivers new products and services faster. And you’ll be able to get instant answers to your tough questions.
Today’s announcement of the Xbox One has seen a decidedly mixed reaction, but also offered hints at the key roles some of Microsoft’s more enterprise technologies will play on the console/entertainment device/potential doorstop. Here’s what we know so far.