Chapter 1. Cloud OS

This chapter introduces the Preview release of Windows Server 2012 R2 that is at the heart of Microsoft’s revolutionary new Cloud OS platform. The chapter describes five key areas Microsoft focused on when developing Windows Server 2012 R2 and sets the stage for the discussion of the new features and enhancements in Windows Server 2012 R2 that follow in the remaining chapters of this book.

The big picture

Information Technology (IT) is in the midst of a time of rapid change. More and more businesses are seeing cloud computing as a viable option for hosting their applications, services, and data. Some businesses have already implemented private clouds within their own data centers or have begun utilizing cloud services offered ...

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