Top Eight Features in Windows Server 8 - Slide 5

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Windows Server 8 now comes with native support for NIC teaming, in which two (or more) network cards work in tandem for failover and better performance. Also known as link aggregation, Paul Mah has written about how this can help SMBs overcome their network bottleneck. On a practical note, the built-in support for NIC teaming in Windows Server 8 means that SMBs no longer have to rely on specialized NICs from vendors such as Broadcom and Intel to access the same feature, and can use NICs from their favorite vendors instead. Moreover, load balancing and failover support for heterogeneous NIC are also supported.

Microsoft's upcoming Windows Server 8 has started gaining some prominence since the software giant previewed it at the BUILD conference. Its cloud-based paradigm and focus on large-scale deployments is self-evident, and at least one executive from Microsoft has called Windows Server 8 "the most cloud-optimized OS" developed by the Redmond-based company.

For now, its availability as a developer preview on MSDN means that various in-depth assessments of its capabilities are starting to roll in. It is clear even at this early stage that the next server operating system from Microsoft is a technically sophisticated one, and crammed with capabilities that bring many previously enterprise-only capabilities to small and mid-sized businesses.

This slideshow highlights some of the top features businesses can expect from Windows Server 8.

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