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Windows Server 2016 Software Defined Datacenter Showcased Ahead of Ignite

Ahead of couple of days of Ignite, engineering team at Microsoft previewing some of the new features in Windows Server 2016 in a video released today.

Next week in Atlanta, company will be releasing new server operting system “Windows Server 2016,” which delivers a more flexible and cost-efficient operating system for your datacenter, using software-defined compute, storage and network virtualization features inspired by Azure.

In addition, it also brings along new Remote Desktop Service capabilities.

In another video released today, company previews “RDS in Windows Server 2016.” This video demonstrating us the powerful new innovations in RDS for Windows Server 2016 across three key areas – “graphics improvements, scale enhancements, and optimizations for the cloud,” writes server team.

Together, these “enhancements strengthen our trusted platform for partners to build secure, customized solutions for our customers.”

And, the video embedded below helping us understanding Software Defined Storage with Storage Spaces Direct in Windows Server 2016.

Elden Christensen with Matt McSpirit shows us what’s behind the black box of a typical Storage Area Network (SAN) and how you can easily and inexpensively build out your own highly available and scalable storage solutions using Windows Server 2016 and Storage Spaces Direct with commodity hardware and hard drives.

Intrigued! you can try out Storage Replica or Storage Spaces Direct today in either converged or hyper-converged configurations using the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview.

Those who are not aware, “Storage Replica, a new Windows Server 2016 capability help you protect your data against catastrophic losses.” “It synchronously copies data across distances from rack-scale to geographic scale.”

Additionally, with Storage Replica “you can switch workloads among locations as a proactive action or in response to catastrophes — without risking data loss.” You can also stretch or replicate clusters, so that “workloads can be run in multiple datacenters for quicker data access by local users and applications,” as well as “better distribute load and usage of compute resources.”

Click the links under to watch the Windows Server 2016 features:

  • Software Defined Storage is where Windows Server 2016 delivers impressive in-box capabilities: Storage Spaces Direct.
  • how Storage Replica and Stetch Cluster create a complete Disaster Recovery solution [Video].
  • How SQL Server takes advantage of the new capabilities in Windows Server 2016 [Video].
  • Software Defined Networking is a huge step forward in how you configure, manage and secure your network. Check out Greg Cusanza talking about the build in load balancer.
  • Nano server is the cornerstone of Software Defined Compute. This video walks us through the Nano Server installation.
  • Cluster OS Rolling Upgrade enables you to upgrade your cluster OS with minimum downtime. This video demonstrates the upgrade process.
  • how to squeeze more out of the metal with Data Deduplication.
  • What’s new in High Availability for Remote Desktop Services? Christian Montoya showcases the new capabilities.
  • Want to take full usage of your GPU with the new Remote Desktop Services? Check this <video.
  • Last, the management tool to control them all. This video shows off the Server Management Tools, writes team Microsoft.
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