There\u2019s been a lot of discussion about the 270% ROI Windows Server 2012 offers \u2013and that\u2019s significant. But let\u2019s go beyond the numbers to see what else R2 has to offer.\u00a0\nThe Windows Server 2012 R2 upgrade is exactly what you need right now for best business practices\u2014and to ensure you\u2019re as prepared for the next big thing as your competitors. The R2 upgrade means you have access to smarter cloud optimization, security enhancements, and business agility.\u00a0\nCloud Optimization: With built-in virtualization, R2 was born to partner with the cloud. It\u2019s flexible, and it\u2019s portable. You can decide who has what access and ensure that everyone\u2019s workloads are balanced, while maintaining constant flow of data in and out of the cloud, whether private, public, or hybrid.\nSecurity Enhancements: Data is secure, and the server automatically follows service-level agreements (SLAs) to the letter. All of your employees are connected to one another, to the server, and to you at all times, with the power to do what needs to be done. It even provides you with the ability to give employees access to internal corporate websites, with individual access capabilities. With the Workplace Join feature of R2, employees can even register personal devices with the server, which means they\u2019re happy to work wherever they are.\nBusiness Agility: Windows Server 2012\u2019s upgrade includes software-defined networking, or SDN functionality, which means you can take advantage of increased mobility while handling large-scale workloads. With SDN, you have more control over traffic than ever before, in a very granular way, and that means you can ensure business moves forward consistently.\nAccording to a Forrester\u2019s Total Economic Impact (\u201cTEI\u201d) study on Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 upgrade, business leaders who utilized R2 said it helped them \u201creduce and avoid software and hardware costs, reduce management costs, streamline and reduce storage costs, and deliver better services to customers and employees.\u201d\nI\u2019ve focused on benefits beyond cost savings and ROI percentages in this post, but that\u2019s not to say that cost savings aren\u2019t fantastic\u2014helping your bottom line is always a plus. But the part about \u201cdeliver[ing] better services to customers and employees\u201d stands out to me as most important\u2014because if your customers are happy, so is your bottom line, and if your employees are happy, well\u2014so are your customers, your bottom line, and you.\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\u00a0this helpful tool to get you started\u00a0on the right upgrade path for your unique environment, applications, and workloads.