The first two parts of our mini-series covered central aspects of Microsoft's cloud-oriented new server OS as well as key innovations in Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition. In the third and final part, we'll focus on the security and storage/data protection enhancements that play central roles in the Datacenter Edition – more precisely, on guarded fabrics, shielded VMs, Storage Spaces Direct, and Storage Replica.
In our previous post we gave you an overview of the editions of Microsoft's cloud-oriented new server OS as well as the distinct installation options that exist for varying usage scenarios. Today, we'll talk about the most innovative central features in Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition – namely, Just Enough Administration/Just-in-Time Administration, Nested Virtualization, Containers, and an upgraded Windows Defender.
Back in the late 1990s, many self-appointed IT gurus seemed slightly amused when Microsoft – then still led by founder Bill Gates – proclaimed its five-year-old server OS was now ready to compete in the data center market. Today, these announcements look like some of the most humble forecasts ever to come out of Redmond,: last August, researchers for IT pro network Spiceworks found that editions of Windows Server are now powering 9 out of 10 on-premises machines (87.7%), with the rest running Linux or Unix derivatives. With Windows Server 2016, Microsoft continues its quest for a similar position in the cloud.