Windows Server 2012, is the sixth release of Windows Server. It is the server version of Windows 8 and succeeds Windows Server 2008 R2.Unlike its predecessor, Windows Server 2012 has no support for Itanium-based computers,and has four editions. Various features were added or improved over Windows Server 2008 R2 (with many placing an emphasis on cloud computing), such as an updated version of Hyper-V, an IP address management role, a new version of Windows Task Manager, and ReFS, a new file system. Windows Server 2012 received generally good reviews in spite of having included the same controversial Metro-based user interface seen in Windows 8.The successor to Windows Server 2012, called Windows Server 2012 R2, was released along with Windows 8.1. A service pack, formally designated Windows Server 2012 R2 Update.
Server management & automation.
Web & Application platform.
Access & information protection.
Virtual Desktop Infrastructure.
Scalable and feature-rich virtualization platform that helps organization of all sizes realize considerable cost saving and operational efficiencies using Windows Server Hyper-V role.
High-performance storage on industry-standard hardware using Windows Server 2012/2012 R2.
Better insight into the network as well as improved manageability and control over the network assets.
Enhanced management of datacenters through significant improvements in the standards-based infrastructure that deliver application programming interfaces(APIs), which are easier for developers & IT staffs to use.
Hyper-V over Server Message Block 3 (SMB3).
File and Storage Services.
Hyper-V live migration and storage migration.