Key Scenarios. Scenario 1: Windows Small Business Server 2003 Transition. Solution Windows Server 2012 is made for remote data access, ensuring all users – in the office, on the road or at home – have access to the right data at the right time.
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Windows Small Business Server 2003 Transition
Windows Server 2012 is made for remote data access, ensuring all users – in the office, on the road or at home – have access to the right data at the right time.
All data is automatically backed up, meaning you’ll never lose crucial information.
And if employees choose to bring in their own devices, you can enable Workplace Join. Offering instant access to data during their time with you, you’ll retain the ability to scrub your intellectual property off their device should they end up working for the competition.
Running a successful business over four sites will no doubt generate enormous volumes of data. And while it makes sense to pool your data in one place, it only takes a flood, fire or robbery to bring your business to a standstill.
Naturally, a backup makes sense. But how long would it take you to reboot from scratch before your business became profitable again?
Implementing an off-site recovery server – a second server that replicates all your precious data – ensures that if your server goes down, the systems automatically trip over to the other. All without the need to restore backups or for users to ever know there was an issue in the first place.
XXXXX Server 2012 Essentials R2
I’m a real estate franchisee with four offices, 10 mobile workers, expansion plans and Windows Small Business Server 2003.
Did you know…?
40% of SMBs who are hit with a disaster never re-open
Upgrade to Windows Server 2012
Rendering high definition videos not only demand space, they require plenty of processing grunt. Fortunately a Windows Server solution offers plenty of both.
You’ll be able to call on industrial-strength speed when you need it most as well as the ability to easily add and re-allocate storage as required.
The Storage Spaces functionality of Windows Server provides virtualised storage, meaning you can easily re-use and re-deploy the total storage on your network to cater for the task at hand. On top of that, Storage tiering functionality automatically allocates your fastest storage to the tasks that need it, and slower storage to those that don’t. The upshot – you only buy the storage you need to do the job at hand.
And should your hard drive crash, built-in redundancy measures ensure a single hardware failure won’t undo all the work already created.
Windows Server Standard 2012 R2 Standard syncing with second server
I’m a wedding videographer, editing a
ndrendering high-def movies on high-spec hardware. When times get busy, I need to ramp up my storage requirements until I can find the time to archive movies on Blu-ray.
As servers become more powerful, it’s become much easier to run multiple workloads on the one machine. And by consolidating your servers into one physical machine, you’ll save money – even if you’re running two different operating systems. It’s a simple yet incredibly effective way to save energy and maintenance costs yet still deliver superior performance, redundancy and security.
HP MLXXXXXX with Windows Server Standard 2012 R2 or DataCentre
I’m an importer of cat toys with my own website and 80 employees. I currently run an SBS 2003 server for my file server and email with another physical server running as my e-commerce server on Linux. I need to save costs.
As expected, a Windows 2012 server automatically backs up your clients. What might surprise is the ability to remotely manage server performance. So even if business takes you on the road, you’ll still be able to check server status on your phone. You can even manage and provision cloud services from your server console.
When your organisation grows, you can seamlessly integrate your existing server into a bigger environment – something you would need to re-work with a NAS style product.
Office 365 allows for full enterprise-style email with calendaring, scheduling, SharePoint, VOIP via Lync, video and voice conferencing – all of it ad- and scan-free. You can look like a big organization with the ability to grow and contract as your needs change.
HP ML XXXXXX with Server 2012 Server Essentials and Office 365 Small Business Premium
My company makes garage doors, complemented by a small call centre of 5 people. I occasionally increase staff numbers when we run a promo. All of us are based in the office and I currently use Gmail and a NAS box to store my data.
Did you know…?
If you sell Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacentre, you can unlock Windows Server Essentials in the Server Manager as part of the license? Note: These users will still need CALs as they are connecting to Windows Server Standard or Datacentre.
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With Windows Server 2012, you can choose whether you want to outsource your email function or keep it in-house. Coupling Windows Server 2012 with MS Exchange Server ensures emails, calendars and files are all housed within your offices to prove data provenance.
Once in court, Storage Spaces can serve up vital offline files instantly. As soon as you return to the office, any fresh data will sync in both directions with Windows Server automatically managing and resolving conflicts.
On top of that, the de-duplication feature ensures you’ll never clog up server space with volumes of repeat data. Even if multiple people store it, it will only physically exists once, saving both space and money.
And as security is paramount in your line of work, you can grant access to certain files and folders so that only the people that need access to it do so.
Windows Server 2012R2 with Exchange 2013
I’m a lawyer, frequently taking data to court but predominantly accessing files in the office. I have a high data security requirement and I need to certify that my data is housed within Australia. My secretary, three paralegals and legal partner work with me and we often need to coordinate our busy calendars.
Sometimes porting a line-of-business app just isn’t possible. We also know that an aging server is getting closer and closer to the day it will fail, potentially taking with it all the data you own and need.
Using Windows Server 2012 R2 with HyperV, you can virtualize your Windows Server 2003 environment and run it in a virtual instance. That way you get to run all the new Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities, whilst keeping your old Windows Server 2003 environment ticking along in the background. In short, it offers the best of both worlds.
HP MLXXXXXX with Windows Server 2012 Standard.
I currently use Windows Server 2003 with a line-of-business app that needs to stay on Server 2003. My hardware is starting to fail and this is critical to my business.
Did you know…?
33% SMBs expect to virtualise over the next 12 months