Windows Server 2012 is an industry-leading group of server operating systems which serves to provide a combination of services that can help small to large businesses to deploy and scale modern applications and websites.
Windows Server 2012 is the successor of Windows Server 2008, boasting an improved array of features, most of them focused on cloud computing. It is also known as Windows Server 8, which is not odd, because it was designed as a server edition of Windows 8.
It includes the same Metro-based approach that Windows 8 sports, although its appearance hasn’t led to the same amount of controversies that the latter experienced; as opposed to it, it managed to gather good reviews, overall.
It makes itself available in three different editions: Datacenter – recommended for highly virtualized environments, Standard – appropriate for minimally virtualized companies and Essentials – a solution for small business that don’t exceed 25 users.
Windows Server 2012 has undergone a few changes compared with Windows Server 2008, amongst which we must mention the IP address management, the improved Windows Task Manager, the new ReFS file system, as well as updates for Hyper-V, the company’s virtualization platform.
Also, compared to its predecessor, Windows Server 2012 brings an option to switch between two installation options, namely ‘Server with a GUI’ and ‘Server Core’ without the need of a new deployment process.
By far, the most craved and discussed feature is the ReFS file system, a new technology that inherits some of NTFS’ architecture, which protects data against common errors, preventing loss or downtime by prioritizing the availability of data.
The tendency that can be noticed with Windows Server 2012 is the predominance of virtualization and predilection to use the cloud technology, which is a natural and correct approach, considering the evolution of data transfer technologies throughout the last years.
By embedding all that is necessary to handle the needs of so many industries, regardless of their size, Windows Server 2012 becomes the enterprise-class solution that simplifies IT deployment and maintenance.