Sakura Internet is a Japanese hosting services provider based in Osaka. Since its establishment in 1996, Sakura has focused on providing UNIX and Linux operating system environments. However, with the advent of the Windows Server 2012 R2 operating system, Sakura is expanding its focus to Windows-based hosting services to accelerate its business. Sakura has created a new dedicated server offering, new server management services, and new disaster recovery services directed at small and midsized firms. It plans to double its number of Windows services subscribers in a year. With the support it received from Microsoft, Sakura was able to greatly speed development of these new services.