Windows Server 2016


Transform the Data Center


Today more than ever businesses see running a Data Center as major cost item within the IT environment, and as users demand ever more flexibility in how applications are deployed and accessed you need to meet these challenges.

Can your applications and infrastructure meet these demands. Can you offer your users the innovation the cloud offers or the agility and speed of delivery. These are the challenges facing the owners of on-premises infrastructure.

You may not be ready yet to move to the cloud, and there will be many cases in which you cannot for a number of reasons; for example, contractual commitments, or compliance that says data cannot move to the cloud.

Even if you cannot or do not want to move to the cloud today, it is still important that you begin the journey modernise your infrastructure so that you can take advantage of all the developments and advances that Microsoft has from its cloud experiences and incorporated into Windows Server 2016, which is the cloud-ready operating system that supports your current workloads while introducing new technologies that make it easy to transition to cloud computing when you are ready.

Windows Server 2016 is the latest server OS from Microsoft and is available in Standard, Datacenter, and Essentials editions. Let’s focus on Windows Server 2016 (2016 Server) Datacenter which includes unlimited virtualization rights plus new features to build a Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC).

At glance 2016 Server Datacenter edition features:

Unlimited OSEs and Hyper-V containers

Windows Server Containers

Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica

Shielded Virtual Machines

Software Defined Networking Infrastructure

And so much more....

Following on from this there are three install options:

Server Core: reduces the space required on disk, the potential attack surface, and especially the servicing requirements. This is the recommended option unless you have a particular need for additional user interface elements and graphical management tools.

Server with Desktop Experience: installs the standard user interface and all tools, including client experience features that required a separate installation in Windows Server 2012 R2. Server roles and features are installed with Server Manager or by other methods.

Nano Server: is a remotely administered server operating system optimized for private clouds and datacenters. It is similar to Windows Server in Server Core mode, but significantly smaller, has no local logon capability, and only supports 64-bit applications, tools, and agents. It takes up far less disk space, sets up significantly faster, and requires far fewer updates and restarts than the other options.