Windows Server powers many of the world's largest data centres, enables small businesses around the world, and delivers value of organisations of all sizes in between. Windows Server 2012 redefines the server category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtulization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more. Simply put, Windows Server 2012 helps you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value.
With Windows Server 2012, Microsoft delivers a server platform built in our experience of building and operating many of the world's largest cloud based services and data centres. Whether you are setting-up a single server for your small business or architecting a major new data centre environment, Windows Server 2012 will help you cloud-optimize your IT so you can fully meet your organisations unique needs.
Windows Server 2012 brings Microsoft experience building and operating public clouds to customers running the Windows Server platform. It can help you deliver and manage a cost-effective IT infrastructure - both physical and virtual. It provides a modern, open application platform for both today's software applications and tomorrow's hybrid cloud solutions. It helps you provide users with access from almost anywhere and any device, giving them the flexibility to stay productive while on the go.
Cost effective infrastructure - Windows Server 2012 Hyper-V improves both scalability and performance. It helps you deliver a fully-isolated, multitenant environment that includes tools to help guarantee SLAs, enable chargebacks, and support self-service scenarios. With Windows Server 2012 Data Centres you can continually increase your VM density without additional licensing costs for virtualizing infrastructure and applications.
Windows Server 2012 provides new storage scenarios which offer high availability on industry-standard server hardware. Make the most of your storage by thin-provisioning and trimming VM storage, pooling diverse storage resources, and abstracting them for flexible usage throughout your environment. Use file servers as file based network storage for application data - now with high levels of performance and reliability those scenarios require.
Modern App Platform - Windows Server 2012 is a broad, scalable and elastic server platform that gives you the flexibility to build, deploy, and mange applications and websites on premises, in the cloud, or in a hybrid environment, using a consistent set of tools and frameworks.
Windows Server 2012 provides frameworks, services, and tools to help increase scalability and elasticity for applications that support multitenancy, and improve website density and efficiency. This both benefits IT professionals in traditional data centres and also helps service providers to more effectively build, provision, and manage hosting environments.
Anywhere access - The modern work style is defined by flexibility in how and where users access their data and applications. In Windows Server 2012, centralized desktops and remote access solutions have been made easier to deploy and to manage, providing an easier way to give users more secure access to corporate infrastructure.
Windows Server 2012 enables a personalized, rich user experience from many more devices while adapting to different network conditions quickly and responsively. Remote users can change locations or devices while maintaining an experience close to that of a laptop or PC, enabling them to maintain their productivity.
Extract taken from Microsoft's website.