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Windows Server 2016

The cloud ready operating system

Bringing the innovation behind the world’s largest cloud datacentre to yours. Whether you're a small to mid-size organisation, a large enterprise, or a cloud service provider, the demand on what IT must deliver is a rapidly changing landscape. Users want to access their applications in a variety of ways and be confident that they can complete their daily tasks in a secure and efficient manner. They simply aren't concerned about how IT infrastructures are made up and the challenges that teams supporting these environments experience on a day-to-day basis.

What’s new with Windows Server 2016


Security built-in at the start

Reduce risk with multiple layers of security for on-premises and cloud protection. Rely on new layers of protection built into the operating system to further safeguard against security breaches. Help block malicious attacks and enhance the security of your virtual machines, applications, and data.


Ready for the cloud

Easily make the move to the cloud with Hyper-V. Migrate more easily to the cloud with the hypervisor that runs Azure, the world’s largest datacentre. Rely on a Windows Server 2016 platform that’s not only recognised by Gartner as a leader in x86 server virtualisation, but has analysts saying it will change the competitive dynamic for virtualisation.


Low storage costs

Build highly available, scalable software-defined storage solutions at a fraction of the cost. Reduce storage costs and scale your datacentre with the software-defined storage capabilities of Windows Server 2016.


Application innovation

Realise the benefits of using containers for applications—with little or no code changes. Transform the way you develop, deploy, and run your applications with a modern DevOps environment. Bring agility, scale, and security benefits to existing applications, while building next-generation applications optimised for the cloud.

Software defined security

Protect administrator credentials

Help guard administrator credentials from Pass-the-Hash attacks by using Credential Guard and Remote Credential Guard. Limit administrator privileges with Just-In-Time Administration and Just Enough Administration.

Protect your applications

Enhance the protection of your applications on-premises or running in the cloud. Help ensure only trusted software runs on the server with Device Guard. Help protect against memory corruption attacks with Control Flow Guard. Help protect against known malware with Windows Defender optimised for server roles.

Detect security threats quickly

Help detect suspicious behaviour in the kernel or other sensitive processes with advanced auditing capabilities. Plus, use Microsoft Operations Management Suite Insights & Analytics tools to set up alerts and reporting.

Increase application isolation

Help protect container-based applications with Hyper-V containers. Use the distributed firewall, a software-defined networking capability, to control internal and external network traffic to virtual machines.

Software defined storage

Scale your datacentre with affordable, high-performance software defined storage.

reduce storage costs

Reduce storage cost

Build highly available, scalable, software-defined storage solutions at a fraction of the cost of a storage area network (SAN) or network-attached storage (NAS). Storage Spaces Direct lets you use industry-standard servers with local storage.

affordable business continuity

Create affordable business continuity

Prepare for the worst using synchronous storage replication for disaster recovery across datacentres.

storage resource for critical apps

Ensure storage resources for critical apps

Storage Quality of Service (QoS) in Windows Server 2016 provides a way to centrally monitor and manage storage performance for virtual machines using Hyper-V and the Scale-Out File Server roles.

Software defined networking

Mobilise your workloads with software-defined networking. Improve your agility, strengthen your security stance, and present flexible solutions that can change as requirements evolve. It’s the network innovation your IT team needs to deliver the right infrastructure at the right time.

Rapid network scale

Move your network control layer from hardware to software. Automatically deploy, balance and shift complex workloads in a matter of seconds using a scalable network controller.

Enhance network security

Dynamically segment your network based on workloads by using a distributed firewall and network security groups to apply rich policies within, and across, segments. Plus, layer enforcement by routing traffic to virtualised firewall appliances for even greater security.

Gain workload mobility

Take control of your hybrid workloads, including running them in containers, and move them across servers, racks, and clouds using standards-based overlay networks and multi-tenanted hybrid gateways.

Why choose Windows Server 2016?

Safeguard your business

Microsoft Technologies have security built-in to help safeguard data across devices and apps onsite or in the cloud, and help you recover from business disruptions.

  • Just In Time and Just Enough Administration
  • Windows Defender for malware protection
  • Trusted/Secure boot
  • Shielded Virtual Machines
  • Host Guardian Services

Improve IT Efficiency and Productivity

To Help deliver increased efficiency and maximise your IT investment, Microsoft’s technology gives you the business tools of a much larger company, at the right price.

  • Enhanced Containers
  • Stretch clusters
  • Rolling cluster OS upgrades
  • Storage Spaces Direct
  • Storage Quality of Service

Be Ready for the Cloud

Whether you’re moving to the cloud now or in the future, get the best of both worlds. Microsoft technologies are designed for hybrid cloud IT environments.

  • Encrypted Virtual Machines and Containers
  • Azure Backup, Storage, Site Recovery
  • Azure Active Directory
  • Azure Remote Server Management Tools
  • Operations Manager Suite

Windows Server 2016 Editions Summary

Enterprise class technology to drive any sized business

Essentials EditionStandard EditionDatacentre EditionStorage Server Edition
Small companies with basic IT needs purchasing a first server; likely small or no dedicated IT department SME’s that need: advanced features, support for distributed office locations, and require a way to virtualise their environment Companies of all sizes that have demanding IT workloads, require advanced storage, virtualisation and application deployment For OEM NAS appliances
25 users / 50 devices Unlimited based on CALs Unlimited based on CALs Workgroup / Standard
1 physical or virtual1 2 VMs Unlimited VMs Processors 1 / 2
Must be root of domain 2 Hyper-V containers2 Unlimited Hyper-V containers RAM 32GB/12TB
Cell Unlimited Windows Server containers Storage features including: Storage Replica & Storage Spaces Direct SME Links 250 / Unlimited
New Networking Stack Max Users 50 / Unlimited
Shielded VMs and Host Guardian Service Disk number 6 / Unlimited

Things you need to know

  1. One physical or one virtual + Hyper-V
  2. Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition entitles up to 2 VMs or 2 Hyper-V containers

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