A window to the future: why migrate to Windows Server 2019?

Blog by: Mike Williams, CTO, Adept4 - 04-May-2018

There was major news in the Microsoft world last month, with the company announcing the first full upgrade of its operating system since Windows Server 2016. Windows Server 2019 will become available towards the end of this year, and if, like most organisations, you see your future as being hybrid cloud shaped, then planning a migration to the new OS is probably a sensible strategy. Here’s why.

What’s new in Windows 2019?

Microsoft itself has explained that it sees four consistent themes when considering its customers’ challenges and plans for the future: hybrid, security, application platform, and hyper-converged infrastructure. All four themes have been foregrounded in the development of Windows Server 2019.

On the hybrid cloud side, Microsoft has focused on enhancing the links between on-premise servers running Windows Server and cloud servers running Microsoft Azure. The new operating system will have better backup and disaster recovery capabilities, and new security functionality that will make it easier to encrypt different parts of the network.

Security should, of course, always be a major corporate IT priority, and Windows Server 2019 takes a comprehensive three-pronged approach, covering threat protection, threat detection and incident response. A range of advanced security tools are built into the operating system as standard, some of which are specifically designed to make life easier for administrators. For example, network segments will be encrypted at the flick of a switch.

The application platform elements of Windows Server 2019 are designed to appeal to developers, and here Microsoft has focused on improvements to Windows Server containers, which will reduce download times for images, and enhancements to Windows Subsystem on Linux, which should decrease complexity in Linux and Windows environments.

As for the hyper-converged infrastructure side of things, Microsoft has occupied this space since the release of Windows Server 2016 a few years ago, which enabled its customers to access massively scalable and shared compute, storage and networking capabilities. These will be enhanced further with Windows Server 2019, which includes a backbone of servers running the Microsoft Hyper-V hypervisor.

A cloud-based future

The hybrid cloud focus is perhaps the most significant element of Windows Server 2019, clearly signalling how the company sees the future of enterprise computing. It’s hardly surprising. Gartner has predicted that 90% of organisations will be using hybrid infrastructure management by 2010, thanks to the simultaneous growth of cloud and decline in traditional datacentre outsourcing.

Windows Server 2019 is part of Microsoft’s Long-Term Servicing Channel (LTSC), which puts out new releases every few years. With this in mind, organisations that are considering their cloud strategy over the next few years would be well-advised to migrate to Windows Server 2019 sooner rather than later. The new operating system will further blur the lines between Microsoft Azure and on-premise services, positioning organisations that deploy Windows Server 2019 in a front-footed position for building and managing hybrid infrastructures.

If you think that migrating to Windows Server 2019 is likely to be on the cards for your organisation, be advised that it is set to become available at an as yet unspecified point in the latter half of this year and will follow the same licensing model as Windows Server 2016, though Microsoft has underlined that a price increase for Windows Server Client Access Licensing (CAL) is likely. If you want further advice on how to plan a migration now, get in touch with Adept4 today.

 

Topics: Windows Server 2019

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