First introduced as a preview in 2014 and released to the public in 2016, Windows Server 2016 brings Windows 10 to the server environment with a wide range of new features and updated pricing. For users looking to run modern Windows software in a server environment, there is no better choice than Windows Server 2016.Chat with a server expert
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High-Spec Hardware Support
Upgraded Web Server
Long Term Release Support
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As the most widely used desktop OS, there are a variety of Windows applications that need to be run on a server to guarantee optimal performance. The only way to guarantee full compatibility with Windows software is by choosing Windows Server.
Improving on nearly all aspects of virtualization, Windows Server 2016 offers powerful new tools in containerization, virtualization and cloud security.
With support for up to 24TB of memory and 240 virtual processors, Windows Server 2016 has the architecture to handle even the largest enterprise workloads.
Windows Server 2016 provides a new Hyper-V based Shielded Virtual Machine to protect any Generation 2 virtual machine from a compromised hosting infrastructure as well as full support for converting existing non-shielded Generation 2 virtual machines to shielded virtual machines, including automated disk encryption.
Microsoft provides documentation and community support through MSDN. There are certified Microsoft vendors in just about every country in the world offering a range of support subscriptions and licenses. Releases are also given security updates for Windows Server for at least 10 years.
Windows Server 2016 has a monthly licensing fee of $25 to $125, depending on the version selected. When compared to Linux, which is typically free, this is a significant cost each year.
Installing Windows Server 2016 on server hardware is often slower, and requires more additional downloads than with Linux servers. The Nano Server goes a long way to address this problem however.
Historically, Windows has required more reboots after upgrades and higher system resource use than when compared to most Linux servers, resulting in worse performance and more downtime.
Windows Server does not support open-source software as well as Linux, thus popular web frameworks and languages such as PERL, CGI and PHP are generally best run on a Linux server.
Windows Server 2016 Standard is available for $25.00 per month, and Windows Server 2016 Datacenter is available for $125.00 per month.
We offer the Standard and Data Center editions of Windows Server 2016. You also have the opportunity to install a specific version of Windows Server using our IPMI interface and your own license.
Windows Server 2016 is suited for use everywhere Windows software is used, ranging from small to medium enterprises, educational institutions and private-cloud infrastructure for large corporations and providers of hosted cloud infrastructure.
Updates are released frequently for Windows, which can either be installed automatically or manually, depending on settings within the Windows Update Manager.
Mainstream support updates will be provided by Microsoft for Windows Server 2016 until November 2022.
Users looking for a desktop OS would be better served by Windows 10, rather than running a server OS on their desktop.
Windows Server is designed for serving files and processes in a data center environment. It would be a good fit for running certain game servers, but is not ideal for gaming on.