Tue, November 1, 2016

Windows Server 2016 – What’s New?

Many may already be aware, but the long awaited release of Microsoft Windows Server 2016 is officially here. With this new release, Microsoft has made many improvements while leveraging cloud-ready technologies at the operating system level. Advances in security, networking, storage, and compute provide more flexibility, especially for SMBs, to meet their business requirements.

So what does Windows Server 2016 have to offer?

Advanced Infrastructure

As mentioned, Windows Server 2016 will support your current workloads. However, because of the technologies incorporated, it makes migration easier for when you’re ready to move your infrastructure to the cloud. Remote management with the new Azure-based GUI allows for controlling Windows servers from anywhere. PowerShell 5.1 and Desired State Configuration automate routine operations as well. Hyper-V has also enhanced security with the ability to containerize applications and data.

High-Performance Storage at a Fraction of the Cost

In addition, Windows Server 2016 provides a more cost-effective storage option. Typically, the traditional manually configured storage systems such as a SAN or NAS can be quite expensive. Now the Azure-inspired, software defined storage enable the capability to build highly available storage solutions at a lower cost. And with storage QoS policies in place, you can ensure that your critical applications receive priority access to storage resources.

Enhanced Security

Any added protection from malware, suspicious activity, and other security threats give less opportunity for data compromise. Windows Server 2016 offers a highly secure environment at the OS level. For instance, the new feature called Shielded Virtual Machines encrypts VMs with BitLocker to run only on approved hosts. With the Just-In-Time Administration and Just Enough Administration features, admin credentials are protected by creating time-based access and capability granted for specific privileges.

Licensing

The Windows Server 2016 licensing model has changed from processor-based to core-based licensing. These core licenses will be sold in packs of 2, with a minimum of 8 core licenses required for each physical processor. However, if you have Software Assurance on your current Microsoft Server license, this will not affect your licensing until the renewal of the agreement.

 

Contact Centrality if you are looking to upgrade your server infrastructure.