For the way we work today, we need flexibility in how and where we access our data and applications. And we want a richly personalised ‘user experience’ across all our devices, with impressive speed and security as standard. Enter Windows Server 2012…

It enables cost-effective infrastructure

Windows Server 2012 Datacenter allows you to continually increase VM (virtual machine) density without the additional licensing costs of virtualising your infrastructure and applications.

Essentially it presents new storage opportunities on industry-standard server hardware. And it also helps you optimise your storage in several ways. It does this through ‘thin-provisioning’ (relying on on-demand allocation of blocks of data rather than allocating all the blocks up front) and ‘trimming’ VM storage. By pooling a variety of storage resources so you can use them flexibly throughout your IT environment. And – thanks to much-improved levels of performance and reliability – by making it practical to use file servers as file-based network storage for application data.

It’s a truly modern app platform

It’s an elastic server platform that gives you the flexibility to build, install and manage applications and websites – either locally, in the cloud or both – with consistent tools and frameworks. Scalable, too, it’s suitable for IT environments of all sizes.

Programming consistency and common development between Windows Server 2012 and Windows Azure not only smoothes your path to the cloud in general. It also enables hybrid applications to operate across local, service provider and Windows Azure clouds.

Windows Server 2012 provides improved support for open frameworks, open source applications and development languages – this includes web standards, PHP, and node.js. Furthermore new .NET Framework 4.5 features facilitate asynchronous file operations, web and networking enhancements.

It provides secure, ‘anywhere’ access

Windows Server 2012 adapts quickly and responsively to different network conditions, meaning that remote users can change their locations or devices without losing the ‘feel’ of being on a laptop or PC, and thus maintain their productivity.

It also simplifies centralised desktops and remote access solutions which, in turn, gives us more secure access to our corporate IT infrastructures. Its intelligent security features help you enhance data security and compliance through allowing ‘granular’ access to data. This is access, based on strong personal identity and device security status – that you can fine-tune to suit your precise requirements. These features also enable flexible and powerful audit rules, which help you achieve compliance with relevant regulations.