With software-defined storage in Windows Server, you can get SAN features without paying SAN prices -- and the next release will challenge more high-end storage features.
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From secure containers to Docker support, to abstracted networking and storage, the most interesting features in the next version of Windows Server will come next year with a later preview and System Center beta.
Here's what to expect, feature-wise, when Microsoft rolls out its second update for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 on August 12, according to the company.
Vendor patches firmware, API server, smartphone apps
The AMD Opteron A1100 series server chip, which features 28-nanometer process technology, will be sampling in the next few weeks.
The Raspberry Pi has found its way in to the hobbyist market for computing, but it is also very capable for other business and personal use as well. An extremely low power draw, small form factor, no noise, solid state storage, and other features make it an attractive solution for a small and lightweight server.
The most significant aspect of Ubuntu 13.10 (codenamed Saucy Salamander) is the first release of Mir, Canonical's next-generation display server, which replaces X Windows. Saucy Salamander also features Unity 7 and Linux kernel 3.11.
The email attachment filing and sharing product now works with Egnyte's cloud file server, with new features in the pipeline.
Service Pack 3 is available for Suse Linux Enterprise Server - introducing support for new Intel, AMD and IBM hardware and increasing its virtualisation features.
Better integration with cloud services and simpler virtualisation are some of the new features in the next release of its Microsoft Server 2012 Essentials, the version of Windows Server targeted at small businesses.
Microsoft's SQL Server 2014 is slated to deliver in-memory OLTP capabilities, plus a handful of other new and enhanced database features early next year.
The next versions of Windows Server and System Center, due out later this year, include a number of new features. Here's a look at some of them.
The Linux 3.9 kernel brings with it an SSD caching, improved performance for multi-threaded network server applications and a host of other features.
The first cumulative update for Microsoft's Exchange Server 2013, which includes both bug fixes and new features, is available for download.
Microsoft is making generally available its latest high-performance-computing software that provides support for Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012, among other features.
Windows Server 2012's new features for managing multiple machines will undoubtedly make life easier for systems administrators, but they're also one more nail in the coffin of small IT consultancies.
An updated test release of Microsoft's cloud backup service adds support for Windows Server Essentials 2012, among other new features.
Microsoft has added a number of new features to its next release of its unified-communications server and clients, most of which are available to testers today.
Here's a list of new features and related resources for those interested in testing Microsoft's next-generation Exchange Server 2013.