|Windows Server 2012 R2 is the core of the Microsoft Cloud OS and offers Microsoft’s experience in delivering large-scale cloud services in your infrastructure with new features and enhancements in virtualization, management, storage, networking, Virtual Desktop Infrastructure, access and data security, the Web and application platform, and more.|
Powerful tools to save time and reduce costs
With Windows Server 2012 R2, you run your most important work volumes with robust recovery options. You benefit quickly from optimum value through a wide range, low-cost high-performance storage options and simplified delivery of IT services for multiple tenants. You can build applications on site and in the cloud, deploy, manage and monitor. Provide users with secure access to corporate resources from any device.
New levels of performance and cross-platform support.
Hybrid networking with breakthrough levels of flexibility and performance.
Server Management and Automation
Increased management efficiency for a diverse datacenter.
Web and Application Platform
Modern apps build and deployed to scale on-premises and in the cloud.
Access and Information Protection
Consistent and Flexible user access to corporate resources while protecting data.
Virtual desktop Infrastructure
Great performance, easy to deploy and cost-effective.
Compare Windows Server 2012 R2 Editions
|Core functionality of Windows Server|
|OSEs / Windows Server containers with Hyper-V isolation||2||Unlimited|
|Windows Server containers without Hyper-V isolation|
|Host Guardian Service|
|Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica|
|Shielded Virtual Machines|
|Licensing Model||Specialty servers||Core-based||Core-based|
|CAL Requirements||No CAL required||Windows Server CAL||Windows Server CAL|
|Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter is the ideal edition for customers with highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud environments. It provides a virtualization flat rate thanks to the unlimited virtual use rights.|