Microsoft officially launched its Windows Server 2012 for Australia, and showcased two of its customers - corporate advisory firm McGrathNicol and equipment hire company Kennards Hire - that have deployed the new server in Australia on the second day of TechED 2012.
"We have done more in this release than in any others combined," Microsoft principal program manager lead, Jeff Woolsey, said at the launch. "We think it is the deepest and broadest release of a server since NT."
The server will appeal to a wide range of customers including small and medium enterprises, cloud service vendors, large enterprise with its new features, he said.
Microsoft has made huge investments in file-based storage among other features in the new server, he said. He added Server 2012 also has several offload and reduplication capabilities.
Both system integrators and service providers would benefit from Server 2012 that will be "truly game changing" for disaster recovery scenarios, he said. He cited its Hyper V Replica feature as an example of the new features that are easier to set up, and are more flexible.
"It will work with any server to server or storage to storage," he said.
Microsoft has " a very strong pipeline of software vendors" that are certifying all applications for the new server including storage virtualisation.
Kennards Hire, which has over 900 employees and over $200 million in revenues, has deployed it as part of its mandate to build an IT roadmap with the ultimate goal of moving towards server virtualisation.
While McGrathNicol, which has 300 staff and 30 partners, was seeking to ensure better risk management, better managing the information on its network and protecting it while keeping it safe while enabling mobility. It has done so in part by migrating its virtual machines to Windows Azure.