There had been rumors flying around that Microsoft is working on a leaner version of the Server OS, and now the company has confirmed that these are true. Microsoft let out a new slide deck teasing the “Nano” version of Windows Server that they’re working on, and apparently this will be oriented towards the cloud. You can almost imagine calls flooding the Windows live chat support number about this.
Microsoft had earlier stated that it had plans in a similar direction. They pointed to this at a conference online, with a video presentation featuring Jeffrey Snover, the person behind Windows Server’s design. This video explains a lot of what the slide deck showed off.
Around the 26:00 mark is when things get really interesting, with Snover showing us the roadmap for Windows Server, affirming rumors that the Redmond giant is looking to come up with a lighter version of Windows Server for the cloud. “We are going to have a cloud-optimised server,” he said. “Windows Server will be deeply refactored for a cloud scenario [with] just the components required to do that and nothing else”.
The new tiny server will have an overhead subset of the one that enterprises have all come to know, and prefer using. This, according to Snover, will be “compatible with what you have today”, but will have two application profiles. Apps will aim for either the older existing APIs, or the more advanced and compact cloud alternatives. He also said that Windows Server Next allows installing a designated client, dispelling the vagueness that Microsoft has cultivated their plans around that area. Presumably, there’s more you can find out by dialing the Windows live chat support number.
Snover said that being unclear on such matters is detrimental to the company, in that many developers wrote apps with the local GUI admin tools, inserting business logic in these, making them harder to automate. With the Outlook for cloud computing and server storage going nowhere but up, this isn’t a good way for things to be.
Server Next will place remote desktop services above the client, enabling easier remoting on the server. Microsoft is also preparing two types of containers for this, and these will be deployed when the server hits markets in 2016. One will be “a server in a container” and the other will be aimed towards app compatibility, essentially oriented for the cloud.Google+