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The new stuff in 2012 R2 (Part 2)


Just the other day we started looking what is new in Microsoft 2012 R2 . These products include Windows Server 2012 R2, System Center 2012 R2, SQL Server 2014, Visual Studio 2013, Windows Intune, and several new Windows Azure services. Although we covered many of the different innovations from enabling open source software to making device users productive and protecting corporate information, there are a few more Microsoft 2012 R2 innovations we did not cover. Today, we will take a look at these new features of Microsoft’s new products


Identity Management for Hybrid IT

Hybrid Identity Management is often said to be one of R2’s most innovative features. Today’s hybrid IT environment dictates that customers have the ability to consume resources from on-premises infrastructure, as well as those offered by service providers and Windows Azure. Identity is a critical element that is needed to provide seamless experiences when users access these resources and the key to this is using an identity management system that enables the use of the same identities across providers. For Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft has made many investments in the Active Directory family of products and services. These products dramatically simplify Hybrid IT and enable organizations to have a consistent management of services using the same identities for both on-premises and the cloud.


Hybrid Networking

Hybrid networking refers to capabilities that seamlessly extend an enterprises on-premises network to the service provider’s (hosted or Azure) cloud. Hybrid networking enables enterprises to easily move VMs (and virtualized workloads) across clouds while maintaining IP addresses and other networking policies. With hybrid networking, an enterprise administrator can treat a composite network spanning on-premises cloud boundaries as a single extended network. Hybrid Networking impacts both the ease of workload migration as well as the cost to the service provider. To maximize these benefits, Windows Server 2012 R2 and Systems Center 2012 R2 have been built to deliver cloud-optimized server and management capabilities that enable service providers to deliver efficient hybrid networks that easily onboard tenants.



WS2012_Lightbox_Image.jpgEnabling Modern Apps with the Windows Azure Pack

When building modern applications, developers want a way to connect multiple tiers of their application and consume services offered by third party vendors. Different tiers within modern applications may have different hosting methods. The Windows Server 2012 R2 platform offers multiple hosting alternatives, but there is still a need to enable connectivity between an application’s components and services. One of the common approaches is to exchange messaging using a broker. With the release of Windows Server 2012 R2, Microsoft has released the second version of their broker called Service Bus 1.1 for Windows Server. In this release, they have invested in an integrated experience as a part of the Windows Azure Pack, with the goal of bringing a self-service tenant experience that is consistent with the one that currently exists in Windows Azure. Microsoft focused on improving three core scenarios with the Service Bus 1.1 for Windows Server and the Windows Azure pack. These three core scenarios were application-messaging patterns with Service Bus, manage messaging entities across clouds, and offering alternatives with Service Bus.


PaaS for the Modern Web

A major promise underlying all of the 2012 R2 products is simple: consistency. Throughout the development of the R2 wave, Microsoft looked closely at what organizations needed and wanted from the cloud. A major piece of feedback was the desire to build an app once and have that app live in any data center or cloud. For the first time this kind of functionality is now available! Whether the app is in a private, public, or hosted cloud, developers and IT professionals will have consistency across clouds. One of the elements that will be especially popular is the flexibility and portability of the PaaS. Now customers and partners can build a PaaS app and run it anywhere, which is huge! Over the past few years, the market has really begun to grasp what PaaS has to offer, and now the benefits (auto-scale, agility, flexibility etc.) are easily accessible and consistent across the private, hosted, and public clouds Microsoft delivers.



We hope this has helped you better understand some of the great advancements Microsoft has made in their latest wave of products. For more information on 2012 R2 and other great Microsoft products, be sure to join the Coffee Coaching community by following us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and LinkedIn.


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