Intel and Microsoft have had a shared goal of creating a more dynamic and efficient data center. That vision took another major step at Microsoft WinHEC, where Bill Laing, corporate vice president of Windows Server and Solutions, unveiled Windows Server 2008 R2 in which Microsoft increased Windows Server support from 64 logical processors to 256. This capability marks a significant milestone for data center mangers interested in improved energy efficiency, performance, scalability and virtualization on multicore Intel Xeon and Itanium processors, sort of like getting dragster performance and hybrid efficiency under the same hood. This scalability also enables unprecedented availability, business agility and IT productivity. If you want to see it in action, Laing along with Quentin Clark, Microsoft general manager of SQL Engine, give an impressive demo during Laing’s WinHEC keynote (at about 30:39) on both a 192-core Intel Xeon-based IBM server and a 256-core Intel Intanium-based HP server.