WINDOWS SERVER "8"
Windows Server® is the leading server operating system that powers many of the worlds' largest datacenters, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. Building on this legacy, Windows Server "8" delivers hundreds of new features and enhancements for transforming virtualization and cloud computing to help you reduce IT costs and deliver more business value. Within Windows Server "8" you will find exciting innovations in areas of virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, and a transition to Windows PowerShell® to take scripting to a whole new level.
Windows Server: Today's Leading Application Server
Windows Server delivers a high-performance, highly capable platform for deploying and running custom business applications built with the .NET Framework. As Microsoft's application server, Windows Server includes key application server functionality directly in the operating system including distributed transactions, message queuing, a Web server and Web services, communications, workflow, and management. Complemented by the .NET Framework and Visual Studio, Windows Server is one of the leading application servers in the market today.
However, as companies increasingly adopt service-oriented architecture principles, and embrace composite applications, they are using the full spectrum of web services as part of their applications - ranging from simple RESTful services through advanced web services utilizing WS-* standards. However, as they reuse services and compose new applications quickly and easily, new requirements arise for the application server since composite apps are typically more complex for IT to develop, deploy, manage, and change.
Server virtualization technology has helped organizations of all sizes achieve considerable cost savings and operational efficiencies. As the technology continually evolves, many see the potential for going beyond basic virtualization features and benefits—such as consolidating server hardware—to create comprehensive platforms for private clouds.
Hyper-V—technology that is available as either a stand-alone server product or an integrated feature of Windows Server—is a virtualization platform that can help transform your organization’s cloud computing.
Web & Application Platform - Development Ease and Flexibility
- Common development tools such as Visual Studio and TFS, which provide
.NET developers with a rich development experience.
- Programming symmetry between on-premises and cloud so the same
development model can be used between Windows Server “8” and Windows Azure.
- An open platform with support for open source software and multiple
languages. Developers can use their favorite languages and choose freely
from supported programming languages such as .NET, PHP, Node.js and Python.
Windows Server “8” builds on the tradition of the Windows Server family as a
proven application platform, with thousands of applications already built
and deployed and a community of millions of knowledgeable and skilled
developers already in place.
Windows Server “8” extends this rich history with new features and
enhancements that can offer your organization even greater application
flexibility. You can build and deploy applications either on premises or in
the cloud—or both at once, with hybrid solutions that can straddle both
environments. It also introduces IIS 8.0 and ASP.NET 4.5 to help provide the
most flexible, scalable, and secure web application hosting platform
Windows Server “8” is designed to offer:
- Developers a platform and associated tools for creating and deploying
rich applications that will address customer needs for both on-premises and
- Hosting providers features that support the cost-effective deployment
and management of very large numbers of websites. This includes multitenant
scenarios in which providers can host dense populations of customer sites
while continuing to provide the robust performance and availability that are
vital to meeting Service Level Agreements.
- Enterprises a server platform that delivers high performance and
application availability while supporting strategies for current and future