Windows Server powers many of the world's largest datacenters, helps small businesses around the world,
and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. 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. Simply put, Windows Server 2012 helps
you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a new level of business value.
- Complete Virtualization Platform: A fully-isolated, multitenant environment with tools that can help guarantee service level agreements, enable usage-based chargeback, and support self-service delivery.
- Connecting to Cloud Services: A common identity and management framework to enable highly secure and reliable cross-premises connectivity.
- Access to Applications and Data from Virtually Anywhere, Any Device: Seamless, on-demand access to virtualized work environments from virtually anywhere.
- Improved Scalability and Performance: A high-density, scalable environment that you can modify to perform at an optimum level based on your needs.
- Flexible Storage: Diverse storage choices that can help you achieve high performance, availability, and storage resource efficiency through virtualization and storage conservation.
- Enhanced Data Security and Compliance: Granular access to data and corporate resources based on strong identity, data classification, and centralized policy administration and auditing.
Windows Server 2012 captures the experience Microsoft has gained from building and operating public
clouds to deliver a highly dynamic, available, and cost-effective server platform for your datacenter
and your private cloud.
It offers businesses and hosting providers a scalable, dynamic, and multitenant-aware cloud infrastructure
that connects more securely across premises and allows IT to respond to business needs faster and more
Windows Server 2012 is an open, scalable, and elastic web and application platform.
For distributed and mobile workforces, Windows Server 2012 empowers IT to help ensure people’s access to
their personalized work environment from virtually anywhere.
Whether you are an enterprise, a small or medium-sized business, or a hosting provider, Windows Server
2012 will help you cloud optimize your IT.
When it comes to building a private cloud, offering cloud services, or connecting more securely to clouds,
the message is clear: Your organization wants a consistent, integrated approach that helps you solve
fundamental business and IT challenges. You also want assurance that a growing set of devices can take
advantage of new applications and services that can be deployed on-premises and in public cloud
environments. Using Windows Server 2012 to cloud optimize your IT provides an optimal solution to
meet these unique needs.
Windows Server 2012 takes you beyond virtualization
If you want the flexibility of a private cloud, implementing solutions in a virtualized environment is
not enough. Windows Server 2012 lets you go beyond virtualization to deploy and more securely connect
to private clouds in a flexible IT environment that adapts dynamically to changing business needs.
New and enhanced features provide high performance and scalability to enable a truly multitenant
infrastructure where networking, compute, and storage resources are isolated among tenants on the same
host. Windows Server 2012 offers organizations and hosting providers:
A complete virtualization platform that delivers a fully isolated, multitenant environment with tools
that can help ensure service level agreements (SLAs) are met, monitor resource use for reporting, and
support self-service delivery.
Improved scalability and performance through a high-density, highly scalable environment that can be
tuned to perform at an optimal level based on your needs.
Connectivity to cloud services using a common identity and management framework for more secure
and reliable cross-premises connectivity.
Windows Server 2012 offers tools to help customers make the transition from on-premises to hosted or
hybrid environments, and to continue providing the services and reliability demanded by enterprise,
mid-market, and small businesses. Windows Server 2012 also meets needs specific to hosting providers,
including the ability to isolate tenants, gain insight into how infrastructure resources are used,
and provide new services to help create additional revenue streams.
Windows Server 2012
the power of many servers
with the simplicity of one
Windows Server 2012 is designed for IT pros to optimize for the
cloud while satisfying business needs faster and more efficiently
by providing a highly available, easy-to-manage, multiserver
platform that offers the following benefits:
Flexible storage, to offer diverse storage choices that deliver
performance, efficiency, and innovation while taking advantage
of industry-standard hardware.
Continuous availability, to provide cost-effective, highly
available services, with protection against a wide range of failure
Management efficiency, to automate a broader set of
management tasks, simplify deployment of major workloads,
and provide the path toward full lights-out automation.
With Windows Server 2012, you can manage systems better
through software-based policy controls, take advantage of tools
such as a comprehensive set of the Windows PowerShell
command-line interface and scripting language for ubiquitous
automation of your server environment, and increase the cost
efficiency of your private cloud platform.
Windows Server 2012 opens
the door to
every app on any cloud
Windows Server 2012 is a proven application and web platform
that includes thousands of applications already built and
deployed. It offers the flexibility to build infrastructure across
premises on an open, scalable, and elastic web and application
platform. Windows Server 2012 is:
Flexible, to enable hybrid and symmetrical applications across
the datacenter and the cloud.
Scalable and elastic, to provide frameworks, services, and tools
to increase scalability and elasticity for multitenant-aware
applications and websites.
Open, to enable business-critical applications and to enhance
support for open frameworks, open-source applications, and
various development languages.
Windows Server 2012
enables the modern workstyle
Cloud optimized IT supports a mobile and flexible work style
that gives people access to information and data regardless of
the infrastructure, network, device, or application in use. It also
supports robust information governance and compliance with
regulations—key areas that organizations need to control to
Windows Server 2012 empowers IT to provide users with flexible
access to data and applications from virtually anywhere, on
popular devices—all with a rich user experience. It also
simplifies management and improves data security, control, and
compliance. Windows Server 2012 offers the following benefits
to IT pros and end users:
Access from virtually anywhere, any device, with easier, ondemand
access to a virtualized work environment, including
from branch locations and public connectivity services.
Full Windows experience anywhere, with a personalized and
rich user experience on popular devices, while adapting to
different network conditions quickly and responsively.
Enhanced data security and compliance, where central audit
and access policies enable fine control of access to data and
corporate resources based on strong identity, data classification,
and simplified administration for remote access.
For more information about
Windows Server 2012, visit