It’s time for Windows Server admins to demeanour forward to 2013. Experts and SearchWindowsServer
contributors final year
predicted that PowerShell would find augmenting importance, in 2012 and they competence have been right
on a mark.
So, what that Windows predictions will they (hopefully) be right about in 2013?
Bridging a cloud gap
For a final year, Microsoft has beaten home the
“Cloud OS” message: Cloud is Microsoft’s destiny and it should be in a mind of any admin. Windows
Server 2012 attempted to broach on bringing cloud functionality to a on-premises operating
We’ll need to be on safeguard for [employees] bringing in new devices
that competition Win8, either as partial of an central BYOD module or — worse — not.
In 2013, this will be only as important.
“I consider we’ll continue to see a expansion of a handling complement in terms of bridging the
gap between on-premises installations and cloud deployments, and move some of a believe of
running [a information center] scale down to on-premises installations, too,” pronounced Jon
Hassell, consultant during 82 Ventures LLC.
“Microsoft has finished a good pursuit of responding a question, ‘How do we bake a believe of
running thousands of servers in a scalable and arguable approach (in suitability with 99.95% SLA) into a product?’ For instance, one competence remember a Windows
Azure outage on a jump day in 2012. Microsoft says that a disaster bright 40 to 50
processes that can be improved, and that proof done it approach down into Windows Server 2012,” said
“This creates a unequivocally abounding feedback cycle — from use to product behind adult to use — that
helps everyone. we consider in 2012, we’ll see a boon of that feedback loop continue to chuck off
dividends as some-more and some-more make their approach to Windows Server 2012,” he said.
“I see an increasing use of scale-up x86 servers with hundreds of judicious processors means to
access adult to 4 TB of RAM in Windows Server 2012,” pronounced Bruce Mackenzie-Low, SearchWindowsServer
contributor. “They will be heavily used as Hyper-V hosts in failover cluster environments with
highly accessible scale-out record sharing.”
Windows 8 rollout, with a BYOD twist
The consumerization of IT has woken adult departments traffic with brute iPhones and tablet
devices. With the
rollout of Windows 8 late this year, there’s a intensity it could means headaches. It’s better
to be prepared.
“One thing admins should be prepared for is Windows 8 — though not in a form of a grave rollout,
since official/corporate IT seductiveness in it is minimal during best. Rather, we’ll need to be on guard
for those bringing in new inclination that competition Win8, either as partial of an central BYOD program or —
worse — not,” pronounced Serdar
Yegulalp, SearchWindowsServer contributor.
“End user uptake for Win8 competence be reduction thespian than for Windows 7, though it will exist, and it
might perceptible all a some-more suddenly since of it being that many serve off a conventional
corporate IT radar. On a other hand, if we already have a good BYOD confidence indication in place, one
that’s process- rather than device-centric, we should be improved versed to hoop it than most,”
Security improves, though some aged threats loom
Security is a consistent regard for IT, or during slightest it should be: Administrators review about
threats all a time and expect Patch
Tuesday with bated breath.
In 2013, that all goes away. Wait, no, of march it doesn’t.
“In 2012, we saw some-more of a same: a same flaws being exploited by a same threats heading to
the same predicted business risks. How prolonged we’re going to continue down this trail stays to be
seen, though we clearly have some-more work to do,” pronounced Kevin
Beaver, SearchWindowsServer contributor.
“It can be argued that Microsoft is doing a partial to set us adult for success with a security
improvements in Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012 and Windows 8. Even BitLocker — Redmond’s
full hoop encryption record that I’ve railed opposite in a past — has seen some nice
improvements that could make a product craving worthy,” he said.
“Maybe it’s time to take a thrust in 2013 and ascent your handling systems, applications and
databases. We only have to remember that, like a government, Microsoft is not obliged for —
nor a resolution to — a problems. It’s adult to any and any one us to safeguard a ducks are in a
row and we keep it that way,” he said.
And, if you’re formulation an upgrade, Beaver is in preference of streamlining confidence policies.
Ditch XP in 2013 (or sooner)
Let it penetrate in: There are still businesses using a sleepy though not nonetheless late Windows XP.
Microsoft will mercifully finish a extended support for a operating-system-that-just-won’t-die in
2014, though a confidence consultant says it’s improved to do it progressing rather than later.
“Get off Windows XP and onto a newer platforms,” pronounced Wolfgang Kandek, CTO of Qualys Inc., an IT services organisation formed in Redwood
Shores, Calif. “Those are many improved in terms of manageability.”
This was initial published in Dec 2012