Windows Server 2012 Released

Posted On: 11 / 09 / 2012

Microsoft Windows Server 2012 has been released offering clients a scalable & dynamic, cloud-optimized server platform.

Microsoft has streamlined and simplified the Windows Server 2012 product licensing, resulting in the following four editions for the new server platform:

Windows Server 2012 Datacenter – for highly virtualized private & hybrid cloud environments

Windows Server 2012 Standard – for low density or lightly-virtualised environments that require full server functionality

Windows Server 2012 Essentials – for small business environments with up to 25 users, who are connecting to public cloud environments

Windows Server 2012 Foundation – enconomical general purpose server for small businesses environments with up to 15 users

For C3 Group clients with less than 75 users on their networks, and who currently have Windows Small Business Server (SBS) environments, you will notice that there is no mention of SBS in the above mentioned product editions. This is because SBS has officially been retired from the Server Platform product line-up.

Microsoft have retired SBS in response to the increased use of Cloud Computing services, and because of their “all in” approach to the Cloud. More and more organisations are moving towards Public & Private Cloud solutions, expecially for services such as hosted Exchange & SharePoint. Microsoft no longer feel it should be required to offer an economical way of purchasing Windows Server, Exchange & SharePoint in an all-in-one on-premise solution, such as what SBS offered. This is because services such as Exchange & SharePoint will push to the Cloud, and the on-premises server will only be required for a limited set of functionality.

In effect, this means that for a C3 Group client to replace an SBS with a similar on-premise solution, they will need to purchase Windows Server 2012 Standard Edition and then separately license Exchange and SharePoint Server. A a result it will be much more expensive in terms of the software licensing costs involved, making the option of moving Exchange & SharePoint to the Cloud a more attractive option. It is for these reasons and more that Windows Server 2012 is also known as the “Cloud OS”.

It is important to get expert consultancy when considering moving to the Cloud, and this will need to be considered when upgrading to Windows Server 2012. This is due to the large number of options and the different levels to which an organisation can “move to the cloud”, with the optimal solution varying for each client. C3 Group are Cloud Computing experts and provide a number of Public, Private & Hybrid Cloud services to create the most optimal solutions for our clients.

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