The Pros and Cons of Windows Server 2012
As Windows put it, “those who stay abreast of the latest IT innovations and implement a powerful and flexible IT infrastructure will be primed for success.” When it comes to business IT, the latest Windows Server release is currently one of the most talked about pieces of technology around. Microsoft describe it as “the key to better virtualisation”.
Window Server 2012 undoubtedly gives small businesses many more options. Ideal for those who are making use of cloud computing, the built-in hooks to cloud-hosted Office 360 based email will appeal to many industries. Small and mid-size businesses can select the Essentials package, which offers fast setup and installation and a simplified experience for up to 25 users. Web-based, touch friendly logins are also perfect for those incorporating BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policies, whilst economical backup and disaster recovery offers peace of mind.
While the Essentials version offers convenience for smaller companies, larger organisations may prefer the Standard package where you can run two VMs (Virtual Machines) on two processors. Although described by many as a cloud operating system, there are also features for on-premise servers, including remote access, new security tools and better virtualisation.
You can also expect new storage spaces designed on a ReFS (Resilient File System) to reduce the risk of data loss. You can amend the size and number of disks by using the storage pools and add more drives without having to reconfigure the storage space. Dynamic Access Control will suit fans of BYOD policies and there are many other tools in development for data protection. This will allow you to easily control who has access to certain content within your company.
Until the release of Windows Server 2012, many small and medium sized businesses were unable to access an IPAM suite (IP Address Management). With the new out-of-the-box version you can allocate, group, issue and renew your IP addresses with ease.
With so many compelling features, it’s hard to criticize the server and with several different packages to choose from, finding a version to suit your business is simple.
It’s important to remember, there is no set piece of software for businesses. Choosing the right technology will depend entirely on the way your organisation works. For instance, design teams prefer to use Macs, whereas business officials who are often on the go can work effectively with the cloud and BYOD policies.
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