Windows Server 2012 redefines the server category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more. Whether you are setting-up a single server for your small business or architecting a major new datacenter environment, Windows Server 2012 helps you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value.
For physical computing or lightly virtualized environments, Windows Server 2012 Standard edition now provides all of the same features as Windows Server 2012 Datacenter edition, and includes an additional virtual instance for a total of two virtual instances.
Beyond Virtualization Windows Server 2012 offers a dynamic, multitenant infrastructure to help you scale and secure workloads and build a private cloud. Windows Server 2012 with Hyper-V improves both scalability and performance. It helps you deliver a fully-isolated, multitenant environment that includes tools to help guarantee SLAs, enable chargebacks, and support self-service scenarios. By using a common identity and management framework for cross-premises connectivity, federating identities, and increasing data protection, Windows Server 2012 provides a more secure and reliable platform.
The Power of Many Servers, the Simplicity of One Windows Server 2012 offers you excellent economics by integrating a highly available and easy-to-manage multiple-server platform. Diverse storage choices help you achieve high performance, availability, and storage resource efficiency through virtualization and storage conservation. New and improved features provide cost-effective, highly available services with protection against a wide range of failure scenarios. Automation of a broad set of management tasks and simplified deployment of workloads as you move toward full, lights-out automation.
Every App, Any Cloud Windows Server 2012 is a broad, scalable, and elastic web and application platform that gives you the flexibility to build and deploy applications on-premises, in the cloud, and in a hybrid environment through a consistent set of tools and frameworks. New features help you increase website density and efficiency, plus frameworks, services, and tools increase the scalability and elasticity of modern applications. An open platform enables mission-critical applications and provides enhanced support for open standards, open-source applications, and various development languages.
Modern Workstyle, Enabled Windows Server 2012 empowers IT to provide users with flexible access to data and applications anywhere, on any device, and while simplifying management and maintaining security, control, and compliance. It offers a full windows experience from virtually any device that adapts to different network conditions quickly and responsively. And it allows granular access to data and corporate resources based on strong identity, data classification, and centralized policy administration and auditing.