What's new with Windows Server 2016?

What's new with Windows Server 2016?

September 2016 saw Microsoft release the next iteration of Windows Server, bringing with it several new features and changes to the licensing model. Driven by Microsoft’s ‘cloud first’ strategy many of the new features are connected to the cloud, with some only available with the Datacentre edition.

But what does this mean for your business? Put simply, you will now be paying for cores rather than processors, and with a minimum number of licenses required, you will not necessarily be paying for all the cores you use. Impacts and implications will vary depending on the size of your business;

For small businesses

For small businesses that have a small server with only eight cores, the new requirements mean that you will be paying for another eight cores that you do not use. However, by choosing not to upgrade due to higher costs, complexity or lack of benefits, you take the risk of your IT falling behind your competitors, and we all know how crucial technology is today in giving you the edge over the competition.

For medium-sized enterprises

For medium-sized enterprises, there is little cost change if you retain the same number of processors and servers. You can also benefit from some of the new features like Docker containerisation and the ReFS enhancements, but some of Windows Server 2016’s features are only available, or less restricted in the Datacenter version of the server as opposed to Standard Edition.

For larger companies

For larger companies, there could be a significant increase in costs especially if your servers have an increased number of cores. While you will be able to take greater advantage of some of the new features, a complex hybrid cloud deployment with high licence costs and heavy skills burden requires investment and a growing IT team. It’s decision time. If you choose not to upgrade to the new version, you risk falling behind, while upgrading but remaining on premise means more complex and potentially more expensive licensing, and additional training.


What should I do?

The simple solution is to migrate your infrastructure to the cloud, enabling you to take advantage of new technologies and features without the licensing and training costs. With our Access Alto Cloud Solutions, you can leverage greater scalability, availability and deploy new applications with greater ease and speed. And rather than worrying about unexpected increases in licensing costs, you have more predictable operational costs. If you want to grow your business without growing your IT team and overheads, then cloud hosting is the best option. By partnering with Access Alto, you can simplify your cloud deployments and establish a flexible platform that evolves with your business.