Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 to be released on October 18th

Microsoft announces new enterprise cloud solutions

Microsoft has unveiled a host of brand new enterprise products and services.

Designed to complement Office 365 and other services, the latest offerings deliver on the firm’s enterprise cloud strategy, says Microsoft.

Windows Server 2012 R2 and System Center 2012 R2 will be released on October 18th. These aim to help customers build IT infrastructure that delivers continuous services and applications across clouds.

Building on these hybrid cloud platforms, customers can use Visual Studio 2013 and the new .NET 4.5.1 to create modern applications for devices and services. These will also be release on October 18th.

On November 1st, Microsoft will offer Enterprise Agreement (EA) customers access to discounted Windows Azure prices without overuse penalties and with the flexibility of annual payments. This will be regardless of upfront payment.

Next week, Microsoft will release a second preview of SQL Server 2014. It will offer in-memory technologies at no additional cost, giving customers ten times to 30 times performance improvements without application rewrites or new hardware.

The SQL Server 2014 also works with Windows Azure to give customers built-in cloud backup and disaster recovery.

Later this month Windows Azure HDInsight Service will be released. The Apache Hadoop-based service works with SQL Server and has widely used business intelligence tools, such as Microsoft Excel and Power BI for Office 365.

The new release of Windows Intune, also available on October 18th, combines with System Center Configuration Manager to help IT departments give mobile employees security-enhanced access to the applications and data they need on the Windows, iOS and Android devices of their choice.

Microsoft Dynamics CRM Online Fall 13 will also be available later this month, helping make customer interactions more personal via contextual information for deeper insights than the previous version, delivered on a variety of devices.

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