Windows Server 2012: 4 critical abilities and how to implement well

Why campus IT should make the switch before end-of-support; and what it takes for a successful implementation.

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One door closes, another opens.

That adage is apropos not only of the process of matriculation, but of the technology tools on which educational institutions rely. And one of those transitions is now upon us, as Windows 2003 nears its official “end of life” – that is, Microsoft’s termination of support, effective July 14, 2015 (as it happens, Bastille Day).

This is definitely a good news/bad news story, but the best news is that the good dramatically outweighs the bad. Windows Server 2012 is a more than worthy successor to Win 2003.

As a provider of virtual server and cloud computing technology, we strongly believe—based not only on our industry experience, but customer feedback—that Windows Server 2012 redefines the server category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements that span virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more.

For schools and colleges, virtualizing Windows Server 2012 with its features and enhancements can help transform IT operations, reducing costs and delivering a new level of compute performance.

4 key features and abilities of Windows Server 2012

1. It’s built for future capacity.

Windows Server 2012 not only provides a scalable, highly available platform for campus-critical applications, it offers enhanced support for what have become must-haves for campus IT departments: open standards, open source applications and various development languages.

2. It hits those pain points.

Windows Server 2012 also makes it easier to deploy a virtual desktop infrastructure, and can lower storage costs.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure in Windows Server 2012 also enables institutions to access IT from virtually anywhere, providing a rich Windows experience without compromising data security and compliance.

(Next page: flexibility and implementation done right)