Microsoft Announces Windows Server 2019 Will be Available Soon

Leipzig, 05/23/2018 – "Windows Server 2019 will be generally available in the second half of calendar year 2018." This is what the Microsoft Director for the Windows Server Program, Erin Chapple, announced in her blog post ‘Introducing Windows Server 2019 – now available in preview.’ The new version will be based on Windows Server 2016, and be suitable for most infrastructure scenarios, including workloads such as Microsoft SQL Server and Microsoft SharePoint. The preview is available now.

The per core/CAL licensing model will continue to be used with Windows Server 2019. You can get more information on Windows Server 2016 licensing here.

The exact prices for Windows Server 2019 have not yet been announced by Microsoft. However, it is highly likely that the price for Windows Server CAL will increase when the new version becomes available. We don’t have any information yet on whether the price for the Core CAL Suite in the Enterprise Agreement will increase.

Get the lowest prices now by purchasing Windows Server 2016 CALs before Windows Server 2019 becomes available. If you are planning a migration to Windows Server 2019 in the medium term, we recommend purchasing Windows Server 2016 with Software Assurance to avail of the Software Assurance benefit ‘Rights to new versions.’

In certain circumstances, it is possible to lock in the current Windows Server 2016 prices. However, this depends on the volume licensing program. Please get in touch with us – we’d be more than happy to advise you.

What’s new with Windows Server 2019? An overview:

  • Hybrid cloud scenarios: Microsoft presented Project Honolulu, a new component of Windows Server 2019, at Ignite, its internal product fair, back in 2017. This should make it easier to link existing Windows server environments with new cloud services. Customers should be able to integrate Microsoft services such as Azure Backup, Azure File Sync, and Disaster Recovery in their existing infrastructures and applications without disrupting the provision of the services.

  • Security: Windows Server 2019 builds upon the security standards of Windows Server 2016, and, according to Microsoft, it also offers new security features that can efficiently protect operations against threats, promptly detect attacks, rapidly respond to security incidents, and take measures to prevent them. It also includes upgrades to the screened virtually machines (VMs) introduced with Windows Server 2016 to support Linux VMs, and to protect sensitive applications against malicious Fabric administrators or malware. Encrypted networks should also allow the administrators to encrypt network segments between servers at the touch of a button.

  • Another new security feature in Windows Server 2019 is Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (ATP). Microsoft states that Windows Defender ATP offers preventative protection, detects attacks and zero-day exploits, and offers centralized management of the entire security cycle.

  • Application platform: The Server Core base container images in Windows Server 2019 are designed to support developers and IT professionals that use container technologies in modernizing existing applications. This will include the option to reduce the image to roughly a third of its current size of five gigabytes, and therefore decrease download times by about 72 percent. Windows Server 2019 will also support Kubernetes.

  • Hyper-converged infrastructures (HCI): According to Microsoft, users could benefit from the advantages offered by preconfigured HCI solutions already available in Windows Server 2016 and the Windows Server Software Defined program, as they are easy to implement, flexible to scale, and make it possible to fulfill both computing and memory requirements by using standard x86 servers with high-performance local hard disks. The vendor has stated that Windows Server 2019 will now offered enhanced performance and reliability in this area and allows the provision of hyper-converged infrastructures to be managed in the Honolulu project. This way, managing and working day to day with HCI implementations will be significantly simplified.

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