In February, Microsoft provided the first glimpse of its Server 2012 successor at a TechDays Online event – Windows Server 2016, which is also known as Windows Server vNext. While Server 2012 is highly optimized for cloud services and even runs Azure, Server 2016 is reportedly even better equipped to handle cloud-based solutions in business operations. The newest Windows server is essentially two servers in one package – one for traditional server workloads and another for cloud-based ones. While these distinctions may mean little to the general public, these distinctions within the server will give businesses and users greater control.
With Microsoft Server 2016, users can assign a particular client to a server, which eliminates the need for workaround code when definitions aren’t clear. This also opens up the ability to operate the server remotely and automate much of its operations. If this sounds like Greek, the newest version of Microsoft Server is better organized on a fundamental level, and this clear organization makes it easier to control its different aspects. You can even add remote desktop server interfaces and local admin tools within the API, or application programming interface.
With the advent of a more powerful server, however, there is a need to purchase new hardware for it to work properly. Windows Server lead architect and Microsoft engineer Jeffrey Snover notes that this includes but is not limited to network interface controllers (NICs) and support SMB3. With tech support nearing its end for Windows Server 2003, the switch to Server 2016 is imminent for many businesses. Microsoft is in the process; however, of organizing a public preview of its Server 2016, where more details about its operation and benefits will be released.