Microsoft used its TechEd 2012 conference as the platform for the Australian launch of its latest wave of enterprise products, including Windows Server 2012.
Jeffrey Woolsey, principal program manager for Windows Server and Cloud said Microsoft had spent over a year talking to a wide variety of customers about what they needed in what was to become Windows Server 2012.
"We wanted to make sure we understood the challenges everyone was facing," he said.
The result, he said, was a "modern platform" that will help transform data centres, unlock insights on any data, and empower people-centric IT.
Over a million IOPS is easily achieved from one virtual machine, which means over 99% of the world's SQL Server workloads can be virtualised.
"Server 2012 is a no-brainer if you own a SAN," he said, as the new OS takes full advantage of file or block storage arrays, including offloaded data transfer. Instead of copying files, it tells the array to do the job (which it typically does by changing pointers rather than actually moving data around).
"Even file copies in Explorer take advantage of it," said Mr Woolsey
And if your storage requirements are less sophisticated, Windows Server 2012 can pool JBODs (Just a Bunch Of Disks) and share it out via File Server.