Microsoft just recently announced the release of Windows Server 2012. You can find more on this announcement here ( microsoft.com/ws2012 ).
I wanted to take a moment to highlight some of the improvements in Server 2012, specifically around virtualization. It is a fair statement that Microsoft has been playing a catch up game with virtualization over the first few years of the product existance.
That changed significantly, with Hyper-V on Server 2008, when customers saw an enterprise class hypervisor emerge. It further improved with the release of Windows Server 2008 R2. And now…with additions to Hyper-V on Server 2012, Microsoft is leading the industry in hypervisor specifications. Have a look:
Windows Server 2012 Standard/Datacenter Editions with Hyper-V Enabled
|Windows Server 2008 R2||Windows Server 2012||Improvement Factor|
|Logical Processors Per Host||64||320*||5x|
|Physical Memory per Host||1 Terabyte||4 Terabytes*||4x|
|Virtual Processors per Host||512||2048*||4x|
|Virtual Machines per Host||384||1024*||2.7x|
|Virtual Processors per VM||4||64||16x|
|Memory per VM||64 Gigabytes||1 Terabyte||16x|
|Maximum Virtual Disk||~2 TB||64 TB*||32x|
|Nodes in a Cluster||16||64*||4x|
|Virtual Machine in a Cluster||1,000||8,000*||8x|
*= Industry Leading