By PowerBuy // 1 June 2014 // Related Categories: Tips
The three reasons why Windows Server 2012 won us over
Back in 1995 Linux, Netware and Microsoft would have all been competing for your business but these days Microsoft is the clear choice for Australian businesses and Windows Server 2012 is their latest release.
Windows Server 2012 “R2” (the current release with optional extras) is the latest solid performer from Microsoft. Here are the three main reasons our clients are moving to the latest version:
1. Reduced infrastructure costs
Windows Server 2012 R2 allows for high density server capacity on a relatively small amount of physical hardware. The ultra-expensive server you once needed to support your business is likely to be cheaper these days thanks to improved performance from software brands like Microsoft. Modular storage options are also available so you only need to spend on your storage as you grow. Server 2012 also lets you use multiple hard disk formats in one storage array so you don’t need to overspend on disks.
2. Simplified manageability
Better server consolidation and improved virtualisation with Linux and Windows is now available. You can allocate storage capacity across multiple servers and the overall user interface has been simplified.
3. Minimised server down time
Microsoft has made big strides forward to help you maximise your system uptime. You can replicate your data across two different locations so you can have a back-up server in the office, and one off-site. This gives you peace of mind should your main server fail. The replication frequency options allow for up to 3 hours of network outage before a failure is declared.
By using System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2012 R2 it is now possible to clone Virtual Machines or export them without shutting them down. This can speed up migrations with limited down time for the company. You can also manage assigned disk space of a running Virtual Machine so there is no need to shut down your server to expand its storage space.
These are just some of the new features in Windows Server 2012 that can improve your technology experience. Please give us a call if you would like to know more.
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