by Jim J
Microsoft recently opened free beta testing for their latest Windows 8 Server feature. Windows 8 Server will include free on-line backup service. Beta testers are allowed 10GB of free storage during this beta phase. According to Tim Greene:
“Uploaded data is compressed and encrypted, with only those data blocks that have changed being sent in order to reduce time and bandwidth. The software runs data integrity checks for corrupted data and any problems are fixed during the next upload.”
This blog post is related to cloud computing and databases in that it shows big tech companies like Microsoft and Apple are developing their cloud computing infrastructure. An integral part of cloud computing is off-line storage of data. Companies will greatly benefit from this because back-up is an integral part of IT that can easily be outsourced to another company.
Tech companies especially Microsoft need to be ahead of the competition in terms of emerging technologies like cloud computing that have the potential of dominating the market in the upcoming years. Already, Apple has set up their iCloud to reflect these new technologies. Its only a matter of time before online backup solutions natively supported by the operating system is mainstream technologies for personal users. Until that day, at least the more tech-savvy customers can play with beta-testing of these services.
Greene, Tim. (2012, March 30). Windows 8 update: Back up windows server 8 to the cloud. Retrieved April 1, 2012, from http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/252958/windows_8_update_back_up_windows_server_8_to_the_cloud.html