Migrating to Microsoft's Windows Server 2012 is focused on changing technology landscapes, work environments, and compatibility with the cloud. All of the new features and editions of the migration are very cloud ready. Although Microsoft has retired some products, it\u2019s been in an effort to make the new Server more streamlined and efficient across the board. Read on for a list of the benefits you can expect from migrating to Windows Server 2012.\nAs you know, Windows Server 2003\u2019s time is short, and it\u2019s time for organizations to update their servers. Here\u2019s what you can expect from Server 2012:\n\nA new process Client Access License (CAL) model means that you no longer have to have a minimum of two CALs per server. There\u2019s a common licensing structure in place now\u2014and a common server. The technology is the same no matter how many virtual machines you\u2019re running.\nDatacenter and Standard now share the same features, so the big question is how virtualized you need the server to be for you, as virtualization rights are the only real difference between the two.\nSpeaking of similar features on Datacenter and Standard, both now offer high availability, failover clustering, and process support of up to 640 processors and up to 4 terabytes of RAM.\nYou can downgrade your rights to 2003 or 2008 with Datacenter. You don\u2019t have to run virtual Datacenter on all machines. (Note, however, that if you do downgrade, you\u2019re still bound to 2012 licensing of 2 virtual machines per license.)\nSmall businesses will benefit from the new ready-bolted onto Office 365, with a full, robust exchange environment, keeping the server on-premises, and keeping the exchange hosted on the Microsoft system.\nThe new small business systems are Windows Essentials and Windows Foundation. With Essentials, you can have up to 25 users, and up to 50 devices that connect to a hypervisor\u2014and it can run on top of a hypervisor. Foundation allows 15 users, no virtualization.\nNot interested in giving up Small Business Server 2011? If you had software assurance on 2011, you can renew for a Windows 2012 standard, and exchange server 2013 standard as well as the CAL. If you had the premium add-on with Small Business Server 2011, you\u2019ll be able to renew SQL server and SQL CAL.\n\nHave you read or heard of any other positives on the Windows 2012 Migration?\nWith the end of support date for Windows Server 2003 fast approaching, there's never been a better time to plan your data center transformation. Our experts have designed this helpful tool to get you started on the right upgrade path for your unique environment, applications, and workloads.