TechEd North America
So this week is TechEd North America in New Orleans – it’s Microsoft’s flagship conference for IT Pros.
I was expecting them to announce some major updates to Windows Server 2012 and System Center 2012 in light of the “blue” wave that is approaching.
So what did they announce?
- Windows Server 2012 R2: so in 18 months they’ve R2’d a fantastic operating system. The changes look vast! Running Hyper-V PRODUCTION virtual machines (VMs) from a deduplicated volume with better performance than non-dededuplicated volumes! Being able to replica a VM every 30 seconds – welcome to as near real time replication as is possible without expensive storage networks! Being able to replicate a replica – a service provider’s dream. Not sure how many replicas you can chain but you can do at least 3 now! So you can replica your VM to your chosen disaster recovery (DR) provider who can then replicate that for their DR! Live Migration (LM) compression! LM was brought in with Windows Server 2008 R2, vastly improved with Server 2012 and again in Server 2012 R2.
- System Center 2012 R2: When SC2012 went RTM it changed a lot of things, there was a paradigm shift from just looking at devices to the consumerisation of IT and the user being king. When SP1 was released quite quickly after RTM and it brought so many more changes including being able to manager other operating systems
- Windows Azure: As written previously I’ve not really embraced Azure until the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) services went in to general availability. Now VMs that are shutdown no longer incur costs – that is a huge change that will really make using their IaaS services much more appealing. Also moving to a per-minute billing cycle is huge. Previously if you span up a VM for 1 minute you were charged an hour’s usage
- Windows Intune: more updates to the platform is rapidly becoming the only real alternative to BlackBerry Enterprise Manager (BES). If we didn’t use BlackBerrries at my organisation I’d be all over Intune! I may well see what is coming in Intune and if there are updates to Microsoft Exchage ActiveSync (EAS) that can replace BES comprehensively I may well move across and use that for mobile device management
So what’s the worse things about TechEd North America for me? Not being there and being 6 hours behind!! I’ll have a lot of catching up to do in the morning to see what was announced whilst I was on the train home!!