Why Windows Server 2016 Datacenter?
Windows Server 2016 Datacenter helps you build a robust network infrastructure and offers many exclusive features that are only available in this edition. These include Shielded Virtual Machines, Software Defined Networking (SDN) features and Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica. Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter is the right choice for companies that increasingly rely on virtualization. Among the most significant new features in Hyper-V are advances in failover clustering, which increases resilience to temporary storage and network outages.
What’s new in Windows Server 2016 Datacenter
- Cloud technologies and Windows containers provide increased speed and flexibility.
- Failover clustering to increase resilience for temporary storage or network outages.
- Secure server system management with new server roles and Minimal Execution in Nano Server without a graphical user interface for increased performance and reduced maintenance requirements.
- Storage Replica provides proactive protection against failures.
- Storage Spaces Direct allows you to build scalable, highly available storage systems with local storage.
- Shielded Virtual Machines protect your data within virtual machines from unauthorized access.
- Software Defined Networking (SDN) features for centralized management and configuration of physical and virtual network devices, such as routers, switches or gateways.
- Advanced security with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter.
Many new features!
Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter helps you protect against today’s threats with a “zero trust” security approach anchored in hardware. Resources in shared environments are protected with shielded virtual machines that provide isolation between the underlying host and virtual machines. The “Host Guardian Service,” as a new Windows Server role, enables trusted hosts to be identified. In addition, “Just in Time” as well as “Just Enough” management allow users to set rules for limiting administrator access. Windows Server 2016 Datacenter thus offers added value in the security factor.
New licensing model for the first time with Windows Server 2016
In previous versions, both the Standard and Datacenter licenses apply to two physical CPUs each. With the new licensing model, a change from per-CPU to per-core licensing took place. It is assumed that a server has at least 8 cores per processor and a total of at least two processors, i.e. a total of 16 cores. Per server 16 cores is then the minimum, per CPU at least 8 cores must be licensed. Better equipped servers must be upgraded with additional licenses. The additional licenses are available in steps of 2, 16 and 24 cores each. In addition, it is still necessary to purchase the corresponding User or Device CALs.