Windows Server 2012 Standard is designed for physical or minimally virtualized environments. 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 efficiently. 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. 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.
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 expand globally. 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 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.
A complete virtualization platform
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
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
Connectivity to cloud services using a common identity and management framework for more secure and reliable cross-premises connectivity.
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 scenarios.
Management efficiency, to automate a broader set of management tasks, simplifies deployment of major workloads, and provides the path toward full lights-out automation.
Access from virtually anywhere, any device
Access from virtually anywhere, any device, with easier, on demand access to a virtualized work environment, including from branch locations and public connectivity services.
Full Windows experience anywhere
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
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.