Windows Server 2008 R2 is the latest version of the Windows Server operating system from Microsoft. Building on the features and capabilities of the Windows Server 2008 release version, Windows Server 2008 R2 allows you to create solution organizations that are easier to plan, deploy, and manage than previous versions of Windows Server. Building upon the increased security, reliability, and performance provided by Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2 extends connectivity and control to local and remote resources. This means your organizations can benefit from reduced costs and increased efficiencies gained through enhanced management and control over resources across the enterprise. The Microsoft Windows Server Standard 2008 R2 is an advanced server platform that provides more cost-effective and reliable support for business workloads. It offers innovative features for virtualization, power savings, and manageability and helps make it easier for mobile workers to access company resources. Virtualization. With its server virtualization technology, Windows Server 2008 R2 enables you to reduce costs, increase hardware utilization, optimize your infrastructure, and improve server availability.