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Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2

The countdown has already begun for the Microsoft Windows Server 2003 end of extended support deadline on July 14, 2015. Begin migrating and modernizing your business IT infrastructure now with the confidence and reliability of Dell Solutions and Migration services for Windows Server 2003 or Windows Server 2008.

Take full advantage of Windows Server capabilities now, with more ease, efficiency, and at a lower cost. Dell delivers Windows Server 2012 R2 across the full range of Dell PowerEdge servers to help you achieve more efficient operations, while ensuring business continuity and increasing agility to meet your IT needs. Dell engineers solutions based on the tight integration between Windows Server, PowerEdge Server technologies and Dell’s OpenManage systems management.

Windows Server 2012 R2 represents the next generation of IT.
With more than 300 features for enhanced virtualization, systems management, cloud and mobility technologies, Windows Server 2012 R2 delivers a platform of products and services to help you quickly and flexibly:
  • Build and manage modern applications across platforms, locations and devices
  • Unlock insights from volumes of existing and new data
  • Support end-user productivity wherever and on whatever device they choose

A modern environment built on your current investment.
When you optimize and modernize your environment with Windows Server 2012 R2 and Dell, you take advantage of your existing technology and skillsets investment. You also gain all the Microsoft and Dell experience behind building and operating virtualized environments and private/public clouds. Delivered as an enterprise-class, simple and cost-effective server and cloud platform, you can:

  • Advance virtualization and cloud strategy Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V brings virtual machine scalability and portability to new levels – you can move workloads easily and rapidly among on-premises systems, as well as private and public clouds. You can create a hybrid cloud strategy based on virtualization so you can burst easily using on-premises resources or the cloud without losing control. Now you can respond to end-user demands and workload spikes in real time, achieving maximum utilization without expensive upgrades and management overhead.

  • Streamline systems management and automation Dell OpenManage integrates with Microsoft System Center 2012 R2 so you can deliver unified agent-free management, cluster-aware updating, and integrated provisioning across server, storage and networking resources. Address the toughest management challenges facing large operations by streamlining and automating management of infrastructure and workloads to deliver efficiencies that reduce cost, while using familiar tools.

  • Deliver flexible data access, faster
    Windows Server 2012 R2 Hyper-V and Remote Desktop Services (RDS) will enable you to deploy virtual machines and desktops simply and securely while improving the user experience. Remote Branch Office capabilities and centralized management features make it easier than ever for you to support distributed workforces and campuses.
  • Grow into the future at your own pace Windows Server 2012 R2 allows you to scale clusters to 64 nodes and up to 8,000 virtual machines, so you can take full advantage of PowerEdge servers that boast extreme memory density and performance with a broad range of form factors and networking options. This flexibility gives you the assurance that when you consolidate for savings today, you still have immense growth potential into the future.
Trust Dell to help you get there.
Our long-term partnership with Microsoft, built on innovation and the development of integrated solutions, gives you the confidence that we can help maximize your IT efficiency and business potential. Our ongoing collaboration with Microsoft results in the validated applications, reference architectures, services and support you need.

What’s new in Windows Server 2012 R2:

  • Server virtualization: Windows Server 2012 R2 is a virtualization platform that has helped organizations of all sizes realize considerable cost savings and operational efficiencies. Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012 R2 greatly expands support for host processors and memory – rivaling capability of other hypervisors.
  • Storage: Windows Server 2012 R2 offers a wide variety of high-performance; highly available storage features and capabilities, while taking advantage of the latest innovation from the Dell PowerEdge server portfolio for dramatically lower cost. Dell was the first Microsoft partner to validate Storage Spaces on our solutions, as well as offering consolidated SAN based storage options to support ODX, Hyper-V replicas and other key Windows Server 2012 availability features.
  • Networking: Windows Server 2012 R2 – together with System Center 2012 R2 – provides an end-to-end software defined networking solution across public, private, and hybrid cloud implementations. Dell’s flatter, faster networking solutions work better together with Microsoft’s Cloud OS network virtualization features, providing critical network Quality of Service (QOS), application access, and management simplification.
  • Server management and automation: Manage and automate many servers and the devices connecting them, whether they are physical or virtual, on-premises or off. Configure Microsoft clustering easily and with 75% fewer steps on PowerEdge VRTX using Dell OpenManage Cluster Configurator for Windows Server 2012 R2.
  • Web and application platform: Building on the tradition of the Windows server family as a proven application platform, Windows Server 2012 R2 allows you to build and deploy applications or services either on-premises or in the cloud using a common platform.
  • Access and information protection: Better manage and protect data access, simplify deployment and management of your identity infrastructure on-premises and across clouds, and provide your users with more secure remote access to applications data from virtually anywhere and from any device.
  • Virtual desktop infrastructure: Technologies in Windows Server 2012 R2 offer easy access to a rich, full-fidelity Windows environment running in the datacenter, from virtually any device. Small business owners — take your business to the next level with the Dell Desktop Virtualization Solutions (DVS) 10-seat trial kit.
Ready when you are.
Dell Software
can help you simplify your Windows server migration, and management efforts. From seamlessly migrating core foundational services (i.e. Active Directory, DNS, DHCP and File/Print), to management and monitoring of virtualization environments, the software team from Dell has the tools and the expertise to help you manage and streamline your environment.

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