The first preview of Windows Server 2019 was released in March. Microsoft’s latest server software indicates the virtualization trend shows no signs of slowing down. The preview includes a number of features focused on IT efficiency.
Let’s take a look at the most valuable updates for small businesses.
Windows Server 2019
Windows Server 2019 will be generally available before the year is over. This will be the eighth iteration of the Windows Server OS. It will include new features to help businesses manage their network security, data storage, and administrative controls.
One of the biggest changes coming to Windows Server is how application containers are created and managed. Containers make it possible to package everything an app needs to run and deliver it to desktops. This is regardless of a desktop’s hardware and software specifications.
Microsoft claims it can reduce the storage requirements of containers to one-third of their current size with Server 2019. Additionally, the OS will introduce new compatibilities with an open-source virtualization standard known as Kubernetes. This will open up countless new possibilities for customization.
A virtual machine is similar to a container. But instead of packaging just one application, VMs contain entire desktop environments. These are powered by server hardware and accessible from remote workstations. Windows Server 2019 will make virtual machines even harder to penetrate. This means that even if a cyberattacker compromised your server, the VMs stored on it would be protected by an additional layer of security.
Microsoft is also incorporating its Advanced Threat Protection (ATP) protocols into its newest operating system. ATP has been incredibly successful at intelligently detecting and preventing cyber attacks on previous versions of Windows. Adding it to Server 2019 is a welcome addition.
Virtualization is a perfect example of how IT support models are evolving. A decade ago, virtual machines and containers would have been reserved for all but the largest organizations. Today these cutting-edge technologies are both affordable and flexible enough for small businesses.
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