This blog post was authored by Vinicius Apolinario, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Windows Server.
You should know by now that Windows Server 2019 is available as a preview in the Windows Insiders program. In the last few months, the Windows Server team has been working tirelessly on some amazing new features. We wanted to share the goodness that you can expect in the product through a series of blog posts. This is the first in the series that will be followed by deep-dive blog posts by the engineering experts.
Windows Server 2019 has four main areas of investments and below is glimpse of each area.
- Hybrid: Windows Server 2019 and Windows Admin Center will make it easier for our customers to connect existing on-premises environments to Azure. With Windows Admin Center it also easier for customers on Windows Server 2019 to use Azure services such as Azure Backup, Azure Site Recovery, and more services will be added over time.
- Security: Security continues to be a top priority for our customers and we are committed to helping our customers elevate their security posture. Windows Server 2016 started on this journey and Windows Server 2019 builds on that strong foundation, along with some shared security features with Windows 10, such as Defender ATP for server and Defender Exploit Guard.
- Application Platform: Containers are becoming popular as developers and operations teams realize the benefits of running in this new model. In addition to the work we did in Windows Server 2016, we have been busy with the Semi-Annual Channel releases and all that work culminates in Windows Server 2019. Examples of these include Linux containers on Windows, the work on the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), and the smaller container images.
- Hyper-converged Infrastructure (HCI): If you are thinking about evolving your physical or host server infrastructure, you should consider HCI. This new deployment model allows you to consolidate compute, storage, and networking into the same nodes allowing you to reduce the infrastructure cost while still getting better performance, scalability, and reliability.
To get you excited, we are kicking off the Windows Server 2019 blog series with Jeff Woolsey showing a brief overview on some cool new features that you should try today! To hear more, check out the deep dive on Windows Server 2019 updates.