So much has changed since Windows Server was released in September of 2016, and yet not much at all. With much of our infrastructure packing up and leaving for The Cloud, Windows Server has had its own metamorphosis to keep up with demands. And now, my enemy is my friend - Hello Linux!
It's come only 25 months after Server 2016, but in October 2018 the latest iteration of Windows Server was released - Windows Server 2019.
Much of it is familiar - Hyper-V to run virtualisation, integration with cloud technology, Server Core options to run a skinny command-line based interface - but each key feature has been updated, along with the familiar Windows interface.
We have compiled six reasons why it is important for you to upgrade to Windows Server 2016.
1. Don't let your platform rot under you
The older an OS gets, the harder it is to upgrade.
If your organisation is still running Server 2008 R2 or Server 2012, compatibility with new software and integration with on‑premise and cloud systems will become increasingly more difficult.
Businesses who stay with an old server operating system over four years old find they have significant pain in upgrading to a new version, often due to support of applications or other infrastructure such as SQL, Web services and remote desktop systems.
Line of Business application vendors may not support old versions therefore forcing you to conduct multiple upgrades at one time. Upgrading multiple versions at one time can be costly and increases the risk of complexities and failure, with the risk of there being no possible upgrade path at all.
2. End of Support
Server 2008 R2 reached the end of mainstream support in January 2015, and in January 2020 all support will end, including patching security holes. From the 14th of January 2020, Server 2008 R2 will become a serious security liability.
Server 2012 will reach its end of life in 2023. This is less of a problem than the Server 2008 versions, but Server 2012 does not have the cloud-ready design of Server 2016 and 2019. On-premise installations of Server 2012 and 2012 R2 should be retired and moved to the Cloud running Server 2019 before 2023.
If you are still running Windows Server 2008 / 2008 R2 we strongly recommend you upgrade ASAP!
3. Microsoft Linux?
Microsoft Server 2016 gave Linux a hug, but now in Server 2019 Linux is part of the family.
Real, open source Linux that you can download and look over the code. Linux that is fully integrated and tested with Microsoft's hypervisor and suite of infrastructure and applications. Linux that you can get support for!
Microsoft is expected to release its own Linux open-source distribution mid-2019.
4. Future compatibility and new interface
The chances are pretty good that some of the systems you'll need over the next four years will need a newer operating system. Adopting the newer standard will give you a longer period of compatibility.
Server 2019 includes the latest Graphical User Interface (GUI), keeping up with the changes in Microsoft's desktop operating system, Windows 10.
5. Better integration with general Cloud, Microsoft Azure, and the "Microsoft Stack"
Windows Server 2019 has been designed to work with or in the Cloud. While the integration with Microsoft's own Cloud platform Azure is unsurpassed, Server 2019 is designed to work with private, public, hybrid and community cloud infrastructure.
In addition to the Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) above, Windows Server 2019 is also optimised to work with Software as a Service (SaaS) products (e.g. Office 365, OneDrive, Powerapps Suite). These products open up enormous opportunities to integrate and automate how your data and operational systems perform.
6. More security
In previous versions, Microsoft Windows Server was like the King piece on a chess board of cybersecurity - relying on a team of others to protect him with little defence if his own.
Windows Server 2019 is now armoured, protected by the Microsoft Defender Advanced Threat Protection, (ATP). No longer just passively blocking threats, Server 2019 now monitors and reacts to perceived threats.
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