Top Eight Features in Windows Server 8 - Slide 9

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Are you a mid-sized business concerned about being constrained by the limits of a private cloud deployment as the company grows larger? To address the high-availability requirements of large deployments, Windows Failover Clustering has been bumped up with Windows Server 8 clusters supporting up to 63 nodes and 4,000 VMs per cluster, leapfrogging the clusters of up to 32 hosts supported by VMware's vSphere.

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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