by Mike Neil, Bill Laing, Manlio Vecchiet, Max Herrmann and Jeff Woolsey
This session will introduce the next release of Windows Server, code-named Windows Server “8”. We will talk about the engineering investments we have done in this release along with their benefits. We will also point out opportunities for developers and hardware partners to expand on the new capabilities in the product. This session will include lots of demos illustrating how Windows Server 8 lets our customers and partners move beyond virtualization and embrace a truly cloud optimized OS.
by Sandeep Singhal, Jeff Woolsey and Yigal Edery
Windows Server 8 is the first operating system to be optimized to support Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) for building private and public clouds. With Windows Server 8, customers will be able to build scalable and flexible clouds, rapidly migrate their existing apps and services, and efficiently manage and monitor the cloud. With hundreds of new features in Hyper-V, encompassing networking, storage and more, Windows Server 8 creates several new opportunities for software, hardware and solution partners, as well as hosters, to extend and manage clouds. This session provides an overview of how Windows Server 8 enables IaaS and the rich, new development opportunities provided by the release.
by Pankaj Garg and See-Mong Tan
With Windows Server 8, Hyper-V networking is optimized for public and private clouds. New features in Windows Server 8 expand Hyper-V for performance, reliability, scale and security. In this session, server and solution developers will learn how to enhance their server and networking product offerings to take full advantage of these capabilities to provide performant and cost-effective customer solutions.
by Luis Hernandez and Bob Combs
With the proliferation of virtualization, hypervisor customers are demanding integrated protection, consistent management, the ability to add virtual appliances and to tailor virtual switches to their networks. Switch plug-ins must be able to work together, have consistent management interfaces, and support migration to other hosts without breaking SLAs. In Windows Server 8, the Hyper-V switch is extensible for partners, who can build security, monitoring, and switching add-ons using well-known Windows APIs and development tools to quickly provide value-add solutions for enterprise and cloud deployments. This session will describe what partners need to know to successfully extend the Hyper-V switch.
by Yigal Edery and Ross Ortega
When building servers, networks and storage for cloud scale data centers, many complex tradeoffs and technologies must be considered. These tradeoffs include performance, reliability, security, flexible virtual machine deployment, storage architecture selection and interoperability with the existing architecture. Each choice influences the other considerations. This session presents a few canonical architectures that highlight interesting tradeoffs for the design of servers and systems focused on cloud deployments.
by Samuel Devasahayam and Nir Ben Zvi
This session provides an overview of the new Dynamic Access Control capabilities in Windows Server 8, and explains how to leverage these in line of business apps and products that focus on compliance and information governance (including data management and data leakage prevention). In this session, we will describe the new components including Central Access and Audit Policies, User Claims, Device Claims, Classification and new expression-based ACLs. We will demo how this all comes together and highlight the major integration and partnering opportunities.
by Richard Wurdack and Charley Wen
Converged fabric and multi-tenancy pose new challenges in the data center where businesses are required to provide predictable network performance and SLAs. Today, a common solution is costly hardware overprovisioning and complex wiring. In this session, we will describe how Windows Server 8 enables data centers to use QoS and DCB-capable hardware to guarantee network bandwidth to a service. Because Windows Server 8 provides predictable network performance in a converged fabric environment, businesses will be able to virtualize and consolidate network I/O intensive workloads on a single 10GbE NIC thereby reducing costs and improving service. Partners, through familiar PowerShell and WMI interfaces, will be able to integrate these QoS features to provide a better service on Windows Server 8.
by Michael Nanakul and Don Stanwyck
Clouds place new demands on performance and scalability. Partners can build cloud-scale infrastructure with Windows Server 8. In this session, we will cover several new technologies that make it possible for platform and hardware partners to provide performant and cost-effective cloud scale solutions.
by Brian Dewey
Come learn how Hyper-V leverages modern hardware! Customers demand continuous availability from Hyper-V deployments. In the next version of Windows Server, Hyper-V can use many modern hardware features to deliver better availability and scalability to customers. This session will cover the server, network, and storage features you can include in system designs to deliver great Hyper-V solutions across a wide range of deployment possibilities.
by Christopher Palmer
Cloud computing and Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) consolidate computing resources into a smaller number of larger data centers that have to be more efficient and run at a larger scale. As a result of this consolidation, management complexity increases thereby creating a need for a comprehensive "lights out" solution, including management of the networking subsystem. Windows Server 8 enables remote networking management solutions. This talk will dive into the specific capabilities for PowerShell management of the network stack. Partners can learn how to hook into the network management stack, build upon the networking PowerShell primitives, and provide enhanced management experiences for customers.
SQL Server code name “Denali” offers a powerful array of developer tools, frameworks and language improvements that will make developers more productive than ever. Come learn how the next wave of SQL Server investments further help protect an organization’s infrastructure – getting you the nines and performance you need at the right price, especially for mission critical apps running on Windows Server 8. In this session you will learn how to build mission critical database apps that achieve maximum availability by reducing planned and unplanned downtime with the new integrated high availability and disaster recovery solution, SQL Server AlwaysOn . We’ll cover how to develop blazing fast star join and similar queries using the new column store index. We’ll also show you how add rich content management and search functionality to your database apps using powerful improvements to database blob storage and full-text indexing.
13th–16th September 2011