Windows Server 2019 targets data center, new features to handle hybrid cloud

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Windows Server 2019 becomes available to general public in the second half of this year, and you can already have a taste of its features via the preview in the Insiders program.

It is set to target data center with brand new features that will allow handling hybrid clouds, hyper-converged infrastructure and more. The forthcoming version of Windows Server will also come with improved features for security, and it plans to enhance support for Linux and containers.

Microsoft aims at the hybrid cloud

Windows Server 2019 will be the first significant release of Windows Server since 2016. The company will mark this significant event by including features for hybrid cloud deployments. Cloud computing is essential because it promises operational efficiency and it will optimize costs. Most large enterprises are operating hybrid computing environments for more reasons, and one of them revolves around compliance issues.

Microsoft plans to allow admins to integrate apps and infrastructures with various services

Microsoft introduced its Project Honolulu, a browser-based management app, back in September 2017 and now, according to the company Windows Server 2019 and Project Honolulu will work together in order to allow administrators to integrate existing apps and infrastructure with Azure Backup and Azure File Sync. Microsoft will also enable Project Honolulu to work together with Windows Server 2019 as a control dashboard for HCI deployments.

Microsoft also enhances Windows Server as an app platform

The company said that the next Windows Server release would increase performance, reliability and more. Microsoft also enhances it as an app platform stating that another goal is to reduce container image size in order to optimize download and development performance and time. Microsoft wants to cut the Server Core base container image to a third. The current size is of 5G.

Linux containers, running side by side with Windows ones on a Windows server

The company also offered the ability to run Linux containers side by side with Windows containers on a Windows server. Now, with Windows Server 2018, Microsoft will let Linux developers bring their scripts to Windows via standard tools such as Tar, Open SSH, and Curl.

Microsoft also decided to broaden support for Linux for more security. More details will become available as we get closer to the general availability.

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