Windows 2016 - Software-defined datacenter

Μεγάλο βάρος έχει ρίξει η Microsoft τα τελευταία χρόνια στην ανάπτυξη των Cloud υπηρεσιών της,  ενώ παράλληλα φροντίζει τα on-premises λογισμικά της όπως ο νέος Windows 2016 Server να καλύπτουν όλες τις σύγχρονες ανάγκες των επιχειρήσεων. Με τον όρο Cloud-Ready OS ο νεος Server εμπνευσμένος απο όλα εκείνα τα στοιχεία που έκαναν επιτυχημένο το Microsoft Azure όπως είναι η ασφάλεια και η καινοτομία παρουσιάζει μια νεα ορολογία το Software-defined datacenter. Αυτό αποτελείται απο τρεις βασικούς πυλώνες το Software-defined compute, το Software-defined storage και το Software-defined networking. Στο πρώτο άρθρο θα ασχοληθούμε με το Software-defined compute όπως παρουσιάζεται στο δωρεάν ebook της Microsoft "Introducing Windows Server 2016" (Microsoft Press).

Software-defined compute
The following list presents just some of the amazing new features that fall under the software-defined
compute stack for Windows Server 2016:

  • Minimize attack surface, increase availability, and reduce resource usage with just-enough OS
    using the Nano Server deployment option, which is 25 times smaller than Windows Server while
    still providing a desktop experience.
  • Make the move to the cloud easier by running your workloads in Microsoft Hyper-V, the same
    hypervisor that runs Azure and Azure Stack.
  • Deploy applications on multiple operating systems with best-in-class support for Linux on
    Hyper-V.
  • Upgrade infrastructure clusters to Windows Server 2016 with zero downtime for your
    application/workload, and without requiring new hardware, using mixed-mode cluster upgrades.
    Support.
  • Increase application availability with improved cluster resiliency to transient failures in the network
    and storage.
  • Add incremental resiliency to your clusters by using Cloud Witness to connect to resources in
    Azure.
  • Automate server management with native tools such as Desired State Configuration and Windows
    PowerShell 5.0.
  • Manage Windows servers from anywhere by using the new web-based GUI—Server management
    tool—a service running in Azure. Especially useful for managing headless deployment options
    such as Nano Server and Server Core.

Source: Introduction to Microsoft Windows Server 2016 (Microsoft Press)

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