Microsoft has launched the Windows Server “8” beta, a work-in-progress version of the next generation of Windows Server operating system, which, according to the company, could be the most significant release of Windows Server to date. This new public beta of Windows Server “8″ has been tweaked and received a number of new features since its first technical preview in September 2011.
What’s new in Windows Server “8”?
The latest iteration of Windows Servers, Windows Server “8” beta comes with a wide range of new features and enhancements and a strong focus on cloud computing. Windows Server “8″ also introduces a significant amount of improvements and exciting innovations in areas of virtual networking, storage, user experience and multi-machine management and automation enabled by improved versions of Server Manager and Windows PowerShell. The new Windows Server “8” OS also delivers cost-effective high availability and disaster recovery by allowing file servers to fail-over transparently within a cluster.
In this beta, numerous enhancements have been made to Microsoft’s virtualization platform, Hyper-V. The new Hyper-V provides multi-tenancy capabilities designed to keep virtual machines isolated on the same network. With the new Hyper-V Network Virtualization, different units within an organization can share network infrastructure and VMs and servers can be moved around without disrupting network assignments. Also, the Windows Server “8” Hyper-V Extensible Virtual Switch supports third-party extensions for enhanced privacy and security capabilities.
In addition to virtualization and cloud computing enhancements, Windows Server “8” provides major scalability and flexibility boosts for building and hosting complex applications. Windows Server “8″, combined with the new IIS 8 provides a robust server application platform for both open-source web stacks and ASP.NET, opening up numerous new opportunities for application development. That means developers, IT professionals and Windows server hosting customers will have the ability to leverage Windows Server “8″ to develop and host extremely powerful and demanding server and Web applications.
Windows Server “8” has many more new and enhanced features and capabilities that you’ll want to explore. Overall, Microsoft claims 300 features that have been tweaked, streamlined, or completely revamped in Windows Server “8”.
The beta release of Windows Server “8” is available as a free download from Microsoft’s website. Administrators, Windows web server hosting clients and other IT pros are encouraged to try out Windows Server “8” to discover the new capabilities and contribute to the development of Microsoft’s next generation server OS.