Windows Server 2016 Standard is a robust and reliable server operating system developed by Microsoft, tailored to meet the diverse requirements of modern small to medium-sized business environments. As a key edition in the Windows Server family, it offers a balance of cost-efficiency, innovative features, and enterprise-grade functionality.
- Enhanced Security: Windows Server 2016 Standard introduces several layers of security to safeguard your system against emerging threats. Key features include Windows Defender for malware protection, Shielded Virtual Machines to protect your virtual environment, and Just Enough Administration to reduce administrative privileges.
- Improved Container Support: This edition provides extensive support for Windows Server containers and Hyper-V containers, offering a lightweight, agile method for application deployment and management.
- Nano Server: A significant inclusion in Windows Server 2016 is Nano Server, a remotely administered server operating system optimized for private clouds and data centers. It’s designed for running cloud-native applications and offers a smaller footprint and reduced maintenance.
- PowerShell 5.0 Enhancements: With the introduction of PowerShell 5.0, Windows Server 2016 Standard offers improved task automation and configuration management, crucial for managing complex server environments.
- Networking Features: It includes advanced networking features like Software Defined Networking (SDN) capabilities to automate and simplify network management, and Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) for high throughput and low latency networks.
- Storage Spaces Direct: This feature allows for the creation of highly available and scalable storage solutions using local storage, significantly reducing the cost of implementing enterprise-grade storage solutions.
- Hyper-V Improvements: Windows Server 2016 Standard enhances its virtualization platform, Hyper-V, with features like increased VM scalability, nested virtualization, and Linux Secure Boot support.