Windows Server 2012 has made many aspects of managing a datacenter easier, and storage is an excellent example. These articles take a look at what’s changed in storage for this new operating system, and how easy it is to take advantage of many new storage-related features. In particular, changes to the SMB (server message block) protocol and to Hyper-V allow you to create high performance, fault-tolerant storage in low cost configurations that simply wouldn’t have been possible in older operating systems. In Enabling Next Generation File Server (SMB 3.0), John Savill reviews the changes made to the SMB protocol to enable high performance application hosting for Hyper-V and SQL Server and to the file server role itself, and in Windows Server 2012 Storage Live Migration, he dives into how virtual machine disks can be moved without interrupting them.