Microsoft Windows Server 8 has arrived

Windows Server 8Microsoft Windows Server 8 has arrived, (well at least in Beta version) and the message from Microsoft is clear.  Its here to challenge VMware and Citrix for cloud hosting to supply services, data storage and applications for private organisations, and hosting providers. ‘Every app on any cloud’ is hook line to challenge Citrix’s ‘Any application, any device, anywhere’ philosophy.

It claims to “go beyond virtualisation” technology and be the foundation for creating a complete platform for a private cloud. 

Microsoft have built this product based on their experience of supplying services for their own products such as ‘Office 365’ which has provided Web-based email, Instant messaging, conferencing, online Office Web Apps and SharePoint hosting since  28 June 2011.

Therefore its not un-tested technology, but as yet IT professionals outside of Microsoft have yet to make up their minds.  As well as performance, security and reliability, one of the key factors will be its ease of use and administration.  Now Microsoft are releasing a product which allows private organisations to deliver hosting similar to that provided by Microsoft in their office 365 product, and this could fundamentally change the way organisations think about IT service provision.  The message from Microsoft is that we can now use their product to deliver a private cloud solution, for our own organisations, with all the advantages that may bring, but still have control over the location of data storage.

Will it be the job of a system administrator to own and manage these services, or will companies simply buy these services from large providers, as is already starting to happen?

Get off my cloud!To a tune by the Rolling Stones:

I said, Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Hey! You! Get off of my cloud
Don't hang around 'cause two's a crowd
On my cloud baby