Today, Windows Server 2012 hits the General Availability (GA) milestone!
This means the product is now officially available to partners and customers to purchase and install in production.
Windows Server 2012 expands the definition of a server operating system from the single server up to the datacenter and out to the cloud, while also incorporating breakthroughs across advanced storage, software-defined networking, virtualization and automation. Windows Server 2012 delivers hundreds of new features that will help customers achieve a transformational leap in the speed, scale and power of their datacenters and applications. In combination with Windows Azure and System Center 2012, Windows Server 2012 empowers customers to manage and deliver applications and services across private, hosted and public clouds.
Customers can use their existing skills and investments in systems management, application development, database, identity and virtualization to take advantage of Windows Server 2012 and realize the promise of cloud computing.
What’s New in Windows Server 2012? A LOT! Click here to read more.
What about VMware?
On the virtualization front, there is no reason why customers should be looking at VMware anymore for virtualization! Windows Server 2012 is the ultimate, no compromise hypervisor release that encompasses all that you need for virtualization to build a private or hybrid cloud!
Read about it! Competitive Advantages of Hyper-V over VMware vSphere 5.1
- Microsoft Premier Support Services will begin support for Windows Server 2012 starting October 30, 2012.
- Some of our top partners in Qatar are already trained on Windows Server 2012 and have done early deployments for select customers. Watch out for some exciting news.
- Our partners in Qatar are being trained on the Windows Server 2012 licensing in the coming days and will be able to help you with licensing.
- Qatar customers can also reach out to me directly by email or phone 33549982 for any questions/clarifications.
- Join me and other datacenter experts from Microsoft at the Hilton Hotel Doha on September 18 for the Private Cloud Roadmap event to have a 1:1 discussion over coffee!