It is a constant struggle for organizations, should they stick with the known (Windows Server 2012, 2016) or make the jump to something new (Windows Server 2019)?
Before getting into the some of the nitty-gritty details of Window Server 2019, it is probably worthwhile to take a step back and consider Microsoft’s strategic direction.
Most everything Microsoft does in one-way shape or form is designed to make the adoption of Azure and cloud services more compelling. It is important to consider Windows Server 2019 within that context.
This is not to say that Microsoft is ignoring on-premises deployments, as they still recognize many organizations find a 100% cloud migration to be unrealistic and impractical, but the focus is on cloud.
▶ Windows Server 2019 and On-Premises deployments
▶ Windows Server 2019 and Hybrid Cloud deployments
- Certainly, if you’re refreshing your hardware, looking at an HCI solution based on Windows Server 2019 is worthy of consideration. Of course, HCI solutions aren’t unique to Microsoft and there is a myriad of other HCI deployment options available in the marketplace that support Windows VMs.
However, if your organization is closely aligned with Microsoft and especially Hyper-V then Windows Server 2019 is compelling.
Microsoft’s Windows Server Software Defined (WSSD) program, certifies the hardware platforms for Windows Server 2019 based HCI. The WSSD stack includes Hyper-V, Storage Spaces Direct, Software Defined Networking, and Windows Admin Center.
- Operating a hybrid cloud with Azure? Then migration to Windows Server 2019 is even more compelling, it is almost mandatory assuming your current software will operate seamlessly.
Because Windows Admin Center integrates everything into a single pane of glass, it blurs the management of on-premises and Azure resources. The collapsing of the technology stack, delivers efficiencies in terms of reduced hardware, software, and personnel costs.