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The new stuff in 2012 R2 (Part 1)


You have probably heard Microsoft’s exciting announcements about its next wave of products (including Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014, Visual Studio 2013, Windows Intune, and several new Windows Azure services). For this wave of products, Microsoft modified their internal processes some and built for the cloud first.


This cloud first design principle means that Microsoft designed each new feature for the scale, security, and simplicity of a high-scale cloud service.


Today we will take a closer look at a few of the innovations Microsoft provides with 2012 R2.


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Whether your company is a large enterprise, a service provider, or a small or medium-sized business, Windows Server 2012 R2 can help you cloud optimize your business. 


Beginning and Ending with Customer-specific Scenarios

With the Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 engineering cycle, Microsoft evolved their engineering planning, execution, and quality validation processes by engraining an end-to-end focus on customer scenarios. Starting with Windows Server 2012 (and expanding in the Windows Server 2012 R2 release) Microsoft used customer-specific end-to-end scenarios to plan, prioritize, design, implement, and validate the solutions they brought to the market.


Making Device Users Productive and Protecting Corporate Information

In R2, Microsoft added many new capabilities across Windows, Windows Server, System Center, and Window Intune to enable customers to embrace the consumerization of IT and enable Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) scenarios. With the latest wave of releases, Microsoft is helping customers answer challenges across three primary areas:

-          Empowering Users

-          Unifying Your Environment

-          Helping Protect your Data


People-centric IT in Action- End-to-End Scenarios

Microsoft has not only thought of new capabilities differently, they have engineered them differently as well. Engineering teams across major product lines and divisions collaborated and together have executed against a common set of engineering milestones. Microsoft has decided to approach the engineering of this R2 wave as a hyper-collaborative, highly structured, cross-Microsoft effort. The result of thousands of hours spent working across teams and across the company is a new suite of products that work great together and enable users to approach their jobs with better-than-ever tools.


Enabling Open Source Software

Microsoft has made many investments that better enable IT Pros to transform their datacenter via a move to a cloud-computing model. By building the R2 wave with an open source in mind, Microsoft has created a suite of products that are more adaptable and more powerful than ever. Enabling open source is a key tenet in Microsoft’s cloud offerings. Not only are customers running key workloads based on Linux and UNIX, but in this cloud-first world, many applications leverage open source components. With Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, and in the public-cloud with Windows Azure, Microsoft ensures IT Pros that Windows is the best platform to run Linux workloads as well as open source components.


Iaas Innovations

During the planning phase of 2012 R2, Microsoft chose to concentrate efforts on enabling Service Providers to build out a highly available, highly scalable Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) on cost effective hardware. After examining Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 SP1, Microsoft realized that IaaS was a critical area where they could make a difference for their customers. To deliver value in the Windows Server 2012 R2 release, Microsoft focused on two important aspects of delivering IaaS:

-          Continuing to drive innovation into the infrastructure itself to ensure network, compute, and storage are not only low-cost, but also easy to operate through rich integration with System Center

-          Delivering a delightful experience for the IaaS and tenant administrators using IaaS


Service Provider & Tenant IaaS Experience

Microsoft works to deliver the best infrastructure possible in order to provide delightful experiences to customers. For R2, Microsoft focused on two core personas: the Service Provider, who is responsible for deploying and operating the IaaS, and the tenant (or consumer) who consumes those services provided but the Service Provider.


Microsoft defined four key scenario areas to target for the Service Provider in the 2012 R2 release:  managing provider offers and tenant subscriptions, customizing self-service experience for tenants, automation for creating efficient, policy driven and consistent process for Service Providers, and tenant resource usage, billing and analytics.


In addition, 2012 R2 needed to provide a consistent experience for tenants across private, hosted, and Windows Azure public clouds, which Microsoft achieved by delivering a consistent framework and tool set for running modern cloud services. Microsoft’s target scenarios for the tenant administrator experience were self-service tenant portal, modern website services, self-provisioning scalable tenant’s capacity, and troubleshooting virtual machines.


These are just a few of the key innovations Microsoft has included in 2012 R2. Watch out for the next blog of this series in which we will cover more topics such as Identity Management for Hybrid IT, Hybrid Networking, Cloud Integrated Disaster Recover and more. For more information on Microsoft 2012 R2, be sure to join the Coffee Coaching community by following us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn

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