On Tuesday, Microsoft via their MSDN subscriber network slowly started rolling out Blue versions of its Windows Server and SQL Server releases. This marks an important rollout as Microsoft is introducing the Blue products on its network.
With the introduction of two different “Blue” products, Microsoft is starting to roll out its updates to their Enterprise product lines. These two major releases are aimed at the Enterprise for sure, but makes a huge headway in getting businesses up on Windows 8.
Windows Server 2012 R2 Data Center Preview
The first part of the releases is centered around the Windows Server 2012 R2 Data Center Preview. The updates to the Windows Server product includes updated Hyper-V hypervisor support among other features that Enterprises customers are clamoring for. While this part of the release maybe guided towards larger Enterprise clients, it gives it a heads up in the lead on competitors with Server products for the next generation.
SQL Server 2014 Blueified
The second part of the announcement is all about SQL Server 2014. The updates to the Microsoft SQL Server 2014 product is focused on integrated in-memory database technology and a code named hekaton according to various reports, including one from Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley.
Other Updates Later This Year
With these two updates, Microsoft is setting the pace for continual updates to its Enterprise and business clients for later this year. Towards the end of 2013, companies should see updates to the Visual Studio 2013 product. It gives business customers a huge rollout later this year of new products and updates to its essential products for their companies.
In announcing these updates to their Blue program, Microsoft is updating their products to metrofy them and get them inline with Windows 8. Companies of course will not instantly move to the Windows 8 in their companies right away, but it sets the framework for an eventual rollout to their desktop and mobile users. Companies are starting to now update their users to Windows 7, so the transition to Windows 8 could take longer than initially expected. Although, it gives its Enterprise customers reasons to use the Microsoft products and know that the company is eagerly releasing updates to its products.