windows1012 benefitsChances are, your organization has considered or already implemented some form of cloud solution. The operating system is the latest computing element to move up to the cloud; Windows Server 2012 is one which offers several benefits to enterprises. Virtualization, data storage, and access control are three important benefits of this new product for businesses in many different industries.

Virtualization. Windows 2012 supports the latest in virtualization technology. It includes Hyper-V Network Virtualization that helps provision networks within a cloud datacenter. You can move networks to any virtual machine in the datacenter or to a service provider. The same configuration can be used no matter what. Plus, CPU power, network bandwidth, and disk space are allocated with “Fair Share” technology that lets administrators configure caps on usage, distributing limits evenly across all users and resources.

Even graphics processors can be virtualized. In the past, a dedicated graphics processing unit was required for each user of graphics-oriented applications on a virtual desktop. The new Windows Server takes advantage of RemoteFX technology, which delivers graphics from connected systems to hosted sessions on any computer, mobile device, or remote office in the network.

  1. Storage. Your organization’s data is important for driving business. Large documents and storage pools are common to all large enterprises, while specialized organizations such as healthcare companies need to store large graphical files for long periods of time. Windows Server 2012 manages storage for employees’ files by creating a Virtual Hard Disk (VHD) file containing personalized information. A VHD can be stored and run over a choice of configurations, including a local server, Server Message Block file shares, or storage area networks. Virtual desktops can even be tiered; those frequently used can be allocated to faster storage resources. Infrequently used VHDs can be stored on slower resources, further reducing costs.
  1. Access control. Windows Server 2012 offers centralized access control driven by policies applied to every server in your organization. Internally, the system recognizes the user’s identity, the device they are using, and the data being accessed; people, devices, and data can be restricted by administrators. Policies can also restrict certain departments in the organization from accessing sensitive information.

The features and utilities of the Windows Server 2012 access control system compliments your organization’s information auditing, encryption, and policy enforcement rules. File classification enables you to apply tags to files, identifying their properties. These tags can represent the type of data, restrictions applied, or time limits or expiration dates. In the new system, organizations can automatically encrypt files based on classification alone, and a series of files can be encrypted when an administrator applies the tags to the system.

New means of virtualization, storage, and access make Windows Server 2012 different from previous versions. These can make your organization’s cloud initiatives more cost- and time-efficient. Large repositories of remote data need to be secured through effective access control policies. The new system serves to do just that, so everyone in the enterprise can perform their duties according to their role, and contribute to the company’s success.