Cloud is becoming a buzzword and we’ve noticed businesses showing more interest in cloud-based solutions. Better disaster recovery, convenient storage, ease of access and the ability to pay only for what you need is quickly becoming attractive to businesses. But companies need to have the right personnel and technology to take advantage of cloud computing. Hence, as a software company in Sri Lanka, we need to make more people aware of this.

EFutures conducted a session on Windows Server 2012 R2 as part of an initiative to promote awareness about cloud technology. The session was held at the Microsoft Office in Navam Mawatha on the 30th of August.

The session demonstrated the practical uses of cloud services. Representatives from small business and corporate heavyweights attended the event.

Windows Server 2012 is meant for clients ranging from corporate heavyweights to small businesses. The latest evolution of the software, the Windows Server 2012 R2 Preview brings a variety of enhanced features to the table. The R2 Preview release better utilizes cloud computing power to provide enhanced networking, storage, virtualization, automation, and user experience.

For organizations with large virtualization requirements, R2 Preview offers massive hardware scalability (320 logical processors and 4TB physical memory per host) where up to a 1024 virtual machines (including Linux virtual machines) can be hosted on a single physical server. More importantly, the option of “shared nothing live migration” allows the transferring of virtual machines with zero downtime among Hyper-V hosts. R2 Preview also boasts enhancements in storage tiers, where operating system files can be pinned into an SSD drive in a SAN. The Windows PowerShell 4.0 improves management and automation.

Companies in need of highly functional cloud integration, R2 Preview has the ability to work with Windows Azure as a hybrid environment. The system offers value in terms of disaster recovery and merging the Azure IAAS cloud with an organization’s private cloud. Another key feature is the integration with Microsoft Systems Center 2012 Suite R2 Preview, which now works seamlessly with Server 2012 R2 Preview enhancing the management and monitoring of an organization’s private cloud.

With Microsoft still to release the commercial version of Server 2012 R2, EFutures is pleased to have conducted this Jumpstart Event through which clients get the advantage of being equipped with an insight into new possibilities in planning their future IT strategy.

However, we do provide other cloud services as well. We are one of the leading Amazon cloud service providers in Sri Lanka and already implemented it in more than 10 international clients as part of our outsourcing service.

REF: The Island

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