Today marks the General Availability of Windows Server 2012. Windows Server 2012 is a cornerstone of the Cloud OS, providing customers and partners with a modern platform for their applications. It is the world’s first server that is “built from the cloud up”.
Windows Server 2012 expands the definition of a server operating system from the single server up to the datacenter and out to the cloud, while also incorporating breakthroughs across advanced storage, software-defined networking, virtualization and automation. Windows Server 2012 delivers hundreds of new features that will help customers achieve a transformational leap in the speed, scale and power of their datacenters and applications. In combination with Windows Azure and System Center 2012, Windows Server 2012 empowers customers to manage and deliver applications and services across private, hosted and public clouds.
Where can I learn more and download it?
Go to the Windows Server 2012 online launch event and, more importantly, download and evaluate Windows Server 2012.
How does this affect SQL Server?
The first question I usually get is which versions of SQL Server are supported on Windows Server 2012. Bob Ward from the support team published a great blog post on this at http://blogs.msdn.com/b/psssql/archive/2012/09/01/installing-sql-server-on-windows-8.aspx. From this post you can see the supported versions:
The next questions is about if there are any benefits in running SQL Server on Windows Server 2012, and the good news is that there is a better together story on this. There are many enhancements in Windows Server 2012 that have a positive effect on SQL Server’s performance, below are some of them.
Better Networking & DR options
Better Storage Support
The above diagram depicts the areas in which Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 impact the performance, manageability, scalability of SQL Server 2012 in a positive way.