Yesterday, Redmond-based software giant Microsoft announced the availability of Windows Server 2012 for all interested customers, but it seems that this was not the only release that it made generally available.
A Windows Storage Server 2012 was also made available for download for the public, built on the Windows Server 2012 operating system, but designed as a platform for Network Attached Storage (NAS) appliances.
Put up for download on the company’s website as an advanced storage and file serving solution, the platform should easily fit the needs of any organization, Microsoft notes.
Through it, companies will be able to achieve new levels of performance and reliability, while enjoying a proven and reliable server platform.
“Windows Storage Server 2012 NAS appliances can help reduce the storage costs associated with building modern datacenters and private clouds,” Microsoft notes.
“Windows Storage Server 2012 delivers excellent economics for a shared storage solution by leveraging industry standard hardware matched with robust storage capabilities.”
The platform was built to provide continuous availability aimed at protecting against a variety of failures and at preventing downtimes, all in a scalable and reliable manner, the software giant explains.
Windows Storage Server 2012 comes with the same minimum system requirements as Windows Server 2012, and it is available for download for x64 (64-bit) architectures.
It can be loaded on systems featuring at least a 1.4 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 32GB or more of HDD free space.
As mentioned above, Windows Storage Server 2012 joins the availability of Windows Server 2012, which can be downloaded from Softpedia via this link.
However, it appears that only three of the four Windows Server 2012 SKUs have been released to manufacturing for the time being, namely Datacenter, Standard, and Foundation. Microsoft still has to push the Essentials version out of its door, a move expected to take place before the end of this year.