Windows Server 2012 with its new product line-up offers more focus on future requirements while supporting today's business requirements. The modern workstyle enables customers a flexible access to data and applications. Thanks to enhanced data security and compliance Windows Server 2012 offers a high level of security for all critical business data. Windows Server 2012 is designed to “Cloud Optimize Your IT”.nnImportant to know - what's new?nWith the release of Windows Server 2012 there are four editions available: Windows Server 2012 Datacenter, Standard, Essentials, and Foundation. There is no direct successor product for Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, HPC Edition and Web Server. The Datacenter and Standard editions will take over the features.nnIn addition to that, the licensing model for Windows Server 2012 Standard & Datacenter has been changed from server-based licenses to a processor-based licensing model that covers up to two physical processors on a server. Each user or device has to be licensed via Client Access Licenses (CALs).