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The successor to Windows Server 2008 R2 in development named Windows Server 8 is announced to have significant changes in virtualization and how storage is managed. Everything from servers to desktop to storage will be virtualized in Windows Server 8. As cloud based technologies have taken the spotlight in industry discussions, storage virtualization has also become a prominent topic for anyone managing enterprise environments.
Windows Server 8 demonstrations have shown other aspects besides storage virtualization that will be pivotal changes in how storage management is done. Clustering, remote storage access, and end-to-end workload monitoring have all been modified. All of these improvements are geared towards making a storage subsystem that is easier to provision and maintain than before. This is great news for anyone running a Windows dedicated server and is looking to upgrade to the new operating system upon release.