End of Life for Windows 2008 Server?
…but what’s Server 2019 got in store?
Support for Windows Server 2008 R2 ended back on January 13th 2015, and now as of 14th January 2020 Microsoft will end its extended support for the operating system so if you’re unlucky enough to still be running it on your servers this means there will no longer be security patches and updates available leaving your systems openly exposed to attacks from cyber criminals. However, if you’re reading this wondering where your next step should be then welcome to Windows Server 2019, let’s have a look at some of the new features you could be benefiting from:
Enhanced Security – With so many systems being interconnected and the stakes for hackers compromising these system never being higher Microsoft have taken a new three-pronged approach when it comes to security “Protect, Detect and Respond” theme is now readily part of Windows Server 2019 with features and enhancements such as Shielded virtual machines, detection of zero-day exploits and Defender Exploit Guard. Data transfer between virtual machines can also now be encrypted.
Advanced Linux Interoperability – Windows Server 2019 now fully support the Linux Subsystem for Windows so you can place your Linux distribution and run it on top of the Windows kernel.
Enterprise Grade Hyper-Converged Infrastructure (HCI) – A way of virtualising conventional hardware defined systems such as storage and making them available to virtual servers, allowing small to medium-sized businesses access to technology once only affordable to large corporations.
Support for Hybrid Virtualisation and Hybrid Clouds – Microsoft are now fully supporting these types of environments along with their new Windows Admin Centre managing all of your servers whether they’re on-premise or in the cloud will now become far more transparent.
Faster Innovations for Applications – There are new features to help developers and IT professionals to design and build cloud-native applications and with the significant improvement in computing, storage and networking components along with the new Kubernetes Platform Support Windows Server 2019 is shaping up to be somewhat of a power-house of a server platform.
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