With a range of choices available to you if you're looking to build your own dedicated server, one of the most pressing issues will be which operating system you use as the platform for your solution.
The importance of finding a solution that meets all your unique needs efficiency and cost-effectively is something that can't be underestimated, but with several options available, how do you know what's right for you?
One product that could be perfect for many businesses is Windows Server, with the latest 2012 version of the platform offering several new innovations. Some of these were recently highlighted by technology news publication the Register, which picked out several of key features that could make it a great choice for any company looking to build a modern data center.
IIS 8 on Windows Server 2012
The improvements made to the Internet Information Services put it on a par with any other web server solution out there and it even surpasses competitors in some areas. As a result, Windows Server is now more suitable than ever for running a website.
The server management solutions on Windows Server 2012 mark a "revolution" in Microsoft's approach to this area. The Register observed that once you've got to grips with the tools, a huge range of advanced functionalities can be found right at your fingertips, making the software do whatever you require of it.
As virtualisation solutions go, Microsoft's offering is now right up there with VMware for mainstream usage - particularly if you spend the extra on investing in the full System Center 2012, which was said to be "amazing".
The site observed that Windows Server 2012 is a huge leap forward compared with the previous 2008 version and it was stated to be well worth the cost of an upgrade, so if you're still using an outdated version of Windows Server, why not check out the new features and see how 2012 could improve your operations?