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Microsoft has been using its Nano server on Azure since late 2013

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May 12, 2015

Microsoft has just announced its new Nano server, but we just learned that the software behemoth has been using it in its production version of Azure since late 2013.

The news come from Britton Johnston, CTO for Microsoft Worldwide Incubation. Johnston said Microsoft started to use a very slimmed-down version of Windows server in production on Azure at about the time of Windows Server 2012 R2's release, which would mean late in 2013.

This means that the operating system has been tested on real workloads, which should induce some comfort ahead of its 2016 commercial debut.

But he added that running the server on Azure has also taught Microsoft that what works in the cloud wont necessarily work on-premises.

In Azure data centers, Microsoft just shifts workloads to another server in the case of any hardware glitch.

While businesses will build some redundancy into their systems, Microsoft's tweaked Nano server and its Cloud Platform System converged hardware rigs it announced in 2014 to recognise that businesses can't just throw hardware at a specific problem.

Cloud-first, it seems, only gets you so far on-premises. The newly-announced Azure Stack (an on-premises version of Azure) also reflects on-premises constraints.

Johnston explained that MS' Azure Stack will represent one way to do private and/or hybrid clouds in Microsoft's new way of thinking.

If you want to base some of your applications on Windows Server, Hyper-V, System Centre and/or Virtual Machine Manager, feel free to do so, he added.

But at the same time, you'll be cutting yourself from some of Azure Stack's best features, and from an experience that integrates Virtual Machine Manager, he said.

Source: Microsoft.

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