As part of a network-attached storage appliance, Windows Storage Server 2012 can help reduce the storage costs associated with building modern datacenters and private clouds. It enhances the traditional file serving capabilities and extends file based storage for application workloads like Hyper-V, SQL and Internet information Services (IIS). Windows Storage Server 2012 delivers excellent economics for a shared storage solution by leveraging industry standard hardware matched with robust storage capabilities. It delivers continuous availability that is designed to protect from a range of failures and prevent downtime in a scalable and reliable manner. Windows Storage Server 2012 based NAS appliances are best suited for you if you are seeking to deploy a dedicated turnkey solution for highly reliable, high-performance shared storage, for example your database needs. If you are a customer who wants to deploy a converged private cloud infrastructure which also includes the ability to run physical or virtual workloads including line-of-business applications, you should consider Windows Server 2012 for your needs.