Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) released. Download it now!

Description :
Cloud computing can present many opportunities for helping you solve your organization's fundamental Business and IT challenges. 

Windows Server® powers many of the worlds' largest Datacenters, enables small Businesses around the world, and delivers value to organizations of all sizes in between. Building on this legacy, Windows Server 2012 redefines the category, delivering hundreds of new features and enhancements spanning virtualization, networking, storage, user experience, cloud computing, automation, and more. Simply, Windows Server 2012 helps you transform your IT operations to reduce costs and deliver a whole new level of business value.
This is quite possibly the most significant release of Windows Server ever.

Windows Server :

- Takes you beyond virtualization :

- Delivers the power of many servers with the simplicity of one :

- Opens the door to every app on any cloud :

- Enables the modern work style :

Windows Server 2012 RC Datacenter will empower you to deliver :

- Flexibility to build on-premises and in the cloud : 

Developers can use the same languages and tools to build on-premises and cloud applications, enabling them to build applications that use distributed and temporally decoupled components.

- An open web platform : 

Internet Information Services (IIS), part of Windows Server 2012 RC, offers a well-established platform for both open-source web stacks and ASP.NET, opening up a wide range of choices for application development.

- A scalable and elastic web platform : 

Hosting providers can use new features in Windows Server 2012 RC to increase density, simplify management, and achieve higher scalability in a shared web-hosting environment.

Capabilities :

- Server Virtualization : 

With Hyper-V in Windows Server 2012, it is easier than ever for organizations to gain cost savings from virtualization and to optimize server hardware investments by consolidating multiple server roles as separate virtual machines. Windows Server 2012 extends the Hyper-V value proposition with more features, greater scalability, and further built-in reliability mechanisms.

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- Networking : 

Windows Server 2012 provides an array of new and enhanced features that help reduce networking complexity while facilitating more efficient and cost-effective networking management.

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- Remote Access : 

Windows Server 2012 offers several ways to provide more efficient, secure, remote access to applications, data, or even an entire desktop environment, depending on the specific needs of your users and organization.

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- Identity & Security : 

Windows Server 2012 makes it easier for administrators to configure, manage, and monitor users, resources, and devices to ensure proper security and access.

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- Storage & Availability : 

Windows Server 2012 can help you manage the balance between delivering capacity on demand while managing operational overhead and controlling capital expenditures. It helps you accomplish the balancing act between storage costs and capacity through several new capabilities.

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- Server Management : 

Windows Server 2012 can offer excellent total cost of ownership as an integrated platform with comprehensive, multiserver manageability. Three key areas in which Windows Server 2012 improves multiserver management are with the Server Manager tool, Windows PowerShell 3.0, and IP Address Management (IPAM).

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- Web & Application Platform : 

Windows Server 2012 provides enormous flexibility for hosting web-based applications on-premises and in the cloud, giving enterprises and hosting providers an advanced server platform that can provide the flexibility, scalability, and compatibility for creating and managing private clouds and running vital applications.

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Evaluation Guide :

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Download links :

Try out Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate (RC) by downloading the software bits. Select the option below that best meets your needs. 

Windows Server 2012 RC for It Pros (TechNet) :

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Windows Server 2012 RC for Developers (MSDN) :

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