|Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition is the newest version of the highly virtualized software built for private and hybrid cloud environments. Your datacenter can be run with an automated and resilient operating system and will have access to many of the same cloud-efficient features found in Microsoft Azure datacenters. Users can change existing applications into cloud-ready solutions and help developers to create new ones using containers, microservices, and Nano Server.|
Powerful tools to save time and reduce costs
Windows Server 2016 also helps to prevent malicious attacks against your system with a strengthened security suite that also detects any suspicious activity as a preventative measure. Users can change existing applications into cloud-ready solutions and help developers to create new apps using containers, microservices, and the new Nano Server. Your data center can be run with an automated and resilient operating system and will have access to many of the same cloud-efficient features found in Microsoft Azure data centers.
Nano Server boasts a 92 percent smaller installation footprint than the Windows Server graphical user interface (GUI) installation option.
Develop and manage with agility thanks to Windows Server and Hyper-V containers
Added Layers of Security
Enhance security and reduce risk with multiple layers of built-in protection
New Deployment Options
Increase availability and reduce resource usage with the lightweight Nano Server
Strengthen your security
Help prevent malicious attacks and detect suspicious activity where it matters: your operating system and workloads.
Build highly available, scalable software-defined storage and reduce costs
Respond faster with rapid network scale
Move your network-control layer from hardware to software. Automatically balance and shift workloads without setting switches.
Increase application isolation
Help protect container-based applications with Hyper-V containers. Use the distributed firewall, a software-defined networking capability, to control internal and external network traffic to virtual machines.
Build cloud and hybrid apps
Combine the benefits of containers with Nano server, Azure Service Fabric, and Windows Server for true business agility in cloud-native apps.
Compare Windows Server 2016 Editions
|Core functionality of Windows Server|
|OSEs / Windows Server containers with Hyper-V isolation||2||Unlimited|
|Windows Server containers|
|Host Guardian Service|
|Nano Server||Software Assurance Required||Software Assurance Required|
|Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica|
|Shielded Virtual Machines|
|Licensing Model||Specialty servers||Core-based||Core-based|
|CAL Requirements||No CAL required||Windows Server CAL||Windows Server CAL|
|With Windows Server 2016 Datacenter, users gain access to features such as server virtualization, storage, software-defined networking, web application platforms, server management and automation, information protection, virtual desktops, and much more. One of Microsoft’s newest features with 2016 is Nano Server, a headless installation option for Windows Server 2016, and has a 93% lower VHD size than Windows Server.|