While cloud services are essential to digital transformation— enriching customer experiences through the latest artificial intelligence capabilities and scaling apps globally—many organizations also want to drive innovation at the edge, starting in their datacenters. Making this work requires a connected experience across the cloud and edge and a consistent set of experiences for security, containers, and management.
Windows Server 2019 helps you grow your business—and extend operations to the cloud—from a position of strength.
It maximizes your existing investments and builds on Windows Server security, app innovation, and Hyper-Converged Infrastructure capabilities to help you bridge your on-premises investments to the cloud.
Seamless hybrid operations
Many existing applications can move fast to cloud. In most cases, however, organizations will need to manage multiple environments. Rather than piece together a custom solution, professionals can turn to Windows Server 2019 and existing skills and knowledge to extend datacenters to the cloud. Plus, they can use the same technologies to manage and secure it all.
Unique hybrid capabilities
• Extend datacenter to the cloud. Only Microsoft offers consistent hybrid services, including a common identity platform with Active Directory, a common data platform built on SQL Server technologies, and hybrid management and security.
• Add built-in hybrid management capabilities. Windows Admin Center delivers an elegant, browser-based view of Windows Server workloads running on-premises and in Azure. Easily connect Windows Server deployments to Azure services and use natively integrated services such as Azure Backup and Azure Site Recovery without disrupting applications and infrastructure.
Privacy and compliance concerns are some reasons organizations choose to keep data on-premises. Safeguard intellectual assets with enhanced protections made possible by Microsoft’s annual security investment of $1 billion and broader support for Linux.
• Manage privileged identities. Many breaches can be prevented by protecting administrator credentials. Windows Server 2019 ensure that all apps and system components have just enough access privilege.
• Secure the operating system. Discover and address security breaches with integrated Windows Defender Advanced Threat Detection. Help prevent host intrusion with Windows Defender Exploit Guard, which locks down devices against attack vectors and blocks behaviors commonly used in malware attacks.
• Secure fabric virtualization. Protect VM workloads from unauthorized access, with Shielded Virtual Machines for Windows Server or Linux workloads. Protect network traffic with the flip of a switch with Encrypted Subnets. Faster app innovation Container technologies in Windows Server 2019 help IT pros and developers collaborate as part of a DevOps approach to deliver applications faster. You can also deliver container benefits to existing apps with minimal code changes by moving apps from virtual machines to containers.
• Modernize apps faster with container support. Windows Server 2019 delivers a smaller Server Core container image for speedier download and offers enhanced support for compute, storage, and networking of Kubernetes clusters and the Red Hat OpenShift Container Platform.
• Improve Linux operations. Building on previous support to run Linux and Windows containers side by side, Windows Server 2019 reduces complexity by
enabling developers to use standard tools such as Open SSH, Curl, and Tar. Unprecedented hyper-converged scale Hyper-converged features introduced in Windows Server 2016 helped changed the way IT pros scaled storage and compute, and technology in Windows Server 2019 enhances these capabilities for faster time to value.
• Microsoft-validated solutions ready to go. Use turnkey Hyper-Converged Infrastructure solutions from your preferred hardware partner participating in
the Windows Server Software Defined (WSSD) program.
• Get industry leading performance. Configurations are optimized for each partner’s hardware and focus on performance, capacity, or a balanced approach.
• Simplified management. Simplify daily management of HCI deployments with Windows Admin Center, an elegant, lightweight browser-based, locally deployed platform that brings together your resources for visibility and action.