Quick take

Enterprise adoption driven by hybrid cloud implementation is pushing up demand for System Administrators trained in Windows Server 2016. Due to cost and security considerations, companies are not going “all in” to the cloud. Hybrid clouds are here to stay and System Administrators who can help navigate companies through this transition will continue to be in high demand.

First things first! What’s new in Windows Server 2016?

In order to answer the questions “Why should my company upgrade to Windows Server 2016?” and “Why should I learn Windows Server 2016?”, let’s look under the hood. Windows Server 2016, released to the general public in October 2016, packs in a lot of useful features. The broad categories for evaluating Windows Server 2016 functionality are Compute, Networking, Storage, Security and Identity Management.

Compute: Compute in Windows Server 2016 is one of the foundational technologies required to create your software defined infrastructure. Along with networking and storage, compute features deliver the flexibility you need to power the workloads for your enterprise. Compute in Windows Server 2016 includes updates to Hyper-V that improve security, scalability, and reliability. Updates to failover clustering, networking, and storage make it even easier to deploy and manage these technologies when used with Hyper-V.

Networking: Networking is an integral part of the Software Defined Datacenter (SDDC) platform, and Windows Server 2016 delivers Software Defined Networking (SDN) technologies to help you move to a full SDDC infrastructure. When you manage networks as a software defined resource, you can describe an application’s infrastructure requirements one time, and then choose where the application runs – on premises or in the cloud.

Storage: Storage in Windows Server 2016 provides new and improved features for software-defined datacenter (SDDC) customers focusing on virtualized workloads. Windows Server also provides extensive support for enterprise customers using file servers with existing workloads.

Security: Windows Server 2016 delivers new layers of protection built into the operating system to further safeguard against security breaches. It blocks malicious attacks and enhances the security of your virtual machines, applications, and data.

Identity Management: New features in Identity Management such as Active Directory Federation Services (ADFS), Active Directory Domain Services (ADDS) improve the ability for organizations to secure Active Directory environments and help them migrate to cloud-only deployments and hybrid deployments, where some applications and services are hosted in the cloud and others are hosted on premises.

Don’t let your skills become obsolete!

So, what does this mean for you and your career if your Windows Server skills are dated? Unfortunately, the risks of IT skills obsolescence are clear and present. According to the research entity IDC (www.idc.com), 55% of US IT workers are worried about skills obsolescence. The State of California has recognized this issue and since 2003, has been funding no-cost IT training for eligible CA companies.

Texcellent is proud to offer a course on Windows Server 2016 Administration that is entirely funded by the State of California. You can find out all about it by going here. The class starts on April 10th and is filling up quickly. See you in class!