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Windows Server 2016 Marks Big Step in Hybrid Cloud

11/10/2016

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Microsoft’s Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 allows clients to broadly acquire a server operating system (OS) that accelerates innovation and security of both traditional and cloud-native applications.

Timothy Prickett Morgan of The Next Platform says Windows Server 2016 is “at the fulcrum of a profound change where an operating system will start to look more like the distributed software substrate built by hyperscalers and less like the IBM mainframe, a DEC VAX, or a Unix system of the past.”

As a cloud-ready OS, Windows Server 2016 inherently enables hybrid cloud. Created in Microsoft’s own data centers, it was crafted amid the rigorous requirements of a global, public cloud, and includes software-defined capabilities that are fundamental to fast-paced cloud innovation. 

Windows Server 2016 offers: 

  • Added layers of security: Help prevent malicious attacks and detect suspicious activity at the operating system and workload levels. Built-in security features control privileged access, protect virtual machines, and harden the platform against emerging threats.
  • New deployment options: Increase availability and reduce resource usage with the lightweight Nano Server
  • Built-in containers: Develop and manage with agility thanks to Windows Server and Hyper-V containers
  • Cost-efficient storage: Bring flexibility and control to your data center to build highly available, scalable software-defined storage while lowering costs.  
  • Innovative networking: Help developers to innovate and create on-premises and cloud applications using the latest technology—containers, microservices, and Nano Server.

Windows Server 2016 offers seamless portability across data center, private, and public cloud environments via virtual machine and new container formats that can be reliably deployed wherever the business requires. Microsoft further enabled portability to Microsoft Azure that allows Windows Server VMs to be run in Azure at a discounted rate.

Microsoft feels hybrid cloud is the reality for all enterprise customers, even those with ambitious cloud plans. The company maintains some applications should and will move completely to public cloud, while others face technological and regulatory obstacles. Windows Server 2016 provides a rich and secure platform no matter where these applications run today or in the future.

Early adopters such as Rackspace, Rakuten, and Tyco are already experiencing the benefits. 

Consistency is the Key
There is a fundamental difference in the way Microsoft approaches hybrid cloud from other vendors, and that difference is consistency. Consistency means IT professional, developer, and end user experiences don’t change based on the location of the resource, and provides the ultimate flexibility to use the right cloud resources at the right time.

Consistent hybrid cloud enables the following:

  • Uniform development: developers can build in a common way, and then those applications and services can be deployed in the right location based on business rules and technical requirements.
  • Unified dev-ops and management: operators can use a consistent interface to manage and update resources across the hybrid cloud, alleviating the need to learn new environments and instead focus on deriving more insight and proactive action.
  • Common identity and security: users are protected and managed no matter the location of the application they are using.
  • Seamless extension of existing applications to the cloud: data can be maintained for longer periods at lower cost, and without any application or infrastructure changes required.

Windows Server 2016 marks another important milestone in delivering the most complete hybrid cloud solutions for customers of all sizes. 

As a long-time Microsoft partner, LBMC Technology Solutions’ team of Microsoft certified network engineers ready to help you assess, plan, and implement your Microsoft Server 2016 deployment. Contact us to learn more.