Windows Server 2012 is the server version of WIndows 8, and is the sixth version of Windows Server following Server 2008 R2. Despite the majority of servers running Linux, there is still the need for many users to run Windows-only software in an enterprise data center environment. Windows Server is the perfect option in this case.Chat with a server expert
Windows Software Compatibility
Long Term Release Support
Certified Support from Microsoft Vendors
Easy to use GUI
Wide Hardware Support
As the most widely used desktop operating system on the planet, Windows is found everywhere. Whilst there is some support on Linux for .NET, using Windows Server is the only way to guarantee compatibility with all Windows software.
Perhaps the most popular IDE in the world - most functions require Windows Server for development.
Windows Server 2012 supports a huge range of hardware and CPU architectures, drivers are easy to find and Windows will run on just about any x86-64 server or desktop machine.
Microsoft provides documentation and community support through MSDN. There are certified Microsoft vendors in just about every country in the world offering a range of support subscriptions and licenses.
Microsoft provides security updates for Windows Server for at least 10 years.
Microsoft Server licensing has a reputation for being complex and expensive. For larger enterprises it is usually necessary to obtain the services of a Microsoft partner to negotiate the best pricing structure with regards to requirements.
Installing Windows Server on dedicated server hardware is usually slower and more cumbersome than with Linux. The lack of a centralized software repository, means that updates, service packs and additional software needs to be downloaded and installed separately.
Compared to most Linux servers, Windows generally requires more reboots after upgrades and higher system resource use, resulting in worse performance and more downtime.
Windows Server does not support open-source software as well as Linux does, thus popular web frameworks and languages such as PERL, CGI and PHP are generally best run on a Linux server.