Despite the rapid advances in microprocessor technology and performance, there are always application and business environments that need more processing power and capability. At the other end of the spectrum there are small server workloads that can be virtualized and consolidated.

For both these environments, Microsoft provides the Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter Edition. Designed for the enterprise-computing environment, Datacenter Edition delivers on the enterprise class reliability, scalability, and large-scale virtualization needs of the Windows Server corporate user. Historically, Datacenter Edition customers have been looking for a platform for their large-scale applications, but now they are also lowering their license costs by using Datacenter Edition for large-scale virtualization on small servers. Datacenter Edition is the most powerful and flexible version of Windows Server.