Cloud optimize your IT with Windows Server 2012

Windows Server 2012 takes you
beyond virtualization

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.

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Windows Server 2012 editions

  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter is designed for highly virtualized private cloud environments.
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard is designed for physical or minimally virtualized environments.
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials is ideal for small businesses that have as many as 25 users and 50 devices.
  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation provides a Windows Server experience for as many as 15 users.

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Comparison of Microsoft Office 2012 versions
Edition Feature Comparison Licensing model Pricing
Datacenter Unlimited virtual instances. All features. Processor +, CAL** Buy now
Standard Two virtual instances. All features. Processor +, CAL** Buy now
Essentials 2 processor. Limited features. Server, 25 User limit. Buy now
Foundation 1 processor. Limited features. Server, 15 User limit.
OEM only
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**Client Access Licenses (CALs) are required for every user or device accessing a server. See the Product Use Rights for details.