Windows Server 2012 R2 provides a wide range of new and enhanced features and capabilities spanning server virtualization, storage, software-defined networking, server management and automation, web and application platform, access and information protection, virtual desktop infrastructure, and more.
At the heart of Microsoft’s Cloud OS, Windows Server helps customers transform the datacenter, taking advantage of technical advances and new hybrid cloud capabilities to increase resilience, simplify management, reduce cost, and speed delivery of services to the business.
Windows Server 2012 R2 is a proven, enterprise-class cloud and datacenter platform that can scale to run your largest workloads while enabling robust recovery options to protect against service outages. It helps accelerate time to value by simplifying your underlying infrastructure and allowing you to reduce cost by taking advantage of industry-standard hardware. Windows Server 2012 R2 helps you build, deploy and scale applications and web sites quickly, and gives you the flexibility to move workloads between on-premises environments and the cloud. It enables you to provide flexible, remote access to corporate resources while managing identities across your datacenter and federated into the cloud, and it helps you protect critical business information.
Security built-in at the start
Reduce risk with multiple layers of security right in the operating system for on-premises and cloud protection.
Ready for the cloud when you are
Easily make the move to the cloud with Hyper-V—the same hypervisor used by Azure.
Low storage costs
Build highly available, scalable software-defined storage solutions at a fraction of the cost.
Enable application innovation
Realize the benefits of using containers for applications—with little or no code changes.
New cloud licensing benefits
Create new virtual machines in Azure and save up to 40 percent with the Azure Hybrid Use Benefit.