Know what Windows Server 2016 benefits can do for your business

Take a look under the hood before a Windows Server 2016 migration

Businesses that use an older version of Windows Server share some similarities with someone driving a 10-year-old car. Sure, that 2007 automobile has automatic windows and some GPS maps, but there's a whole lot lacking compared to the newer version, and those GPS maps might be outdated.

Microsoft put Windows Server 2016 into general availability in October 2016, and you shouldn't feel lonely if your business hasn't yet put it into production. Many businesses are perfectly happy with an older version, whether it is 2008, 2012 or 2012 R2.

But it's wise to at least be aware of what Microsoft now offers. There are Windows Server 2016 benefits that simply could not or did not exist in older operating systems. You may find that a Windows Server 2016 migration is the right move for your business after all.

Cutting-edge businesses may want to look at software-defined storage for their OS. Windows Server 2016 offers this option in storage replicas and Storage Spaces Direct.

There is also support to consider. Microsoft predetermines the lifespan for each of its OSes. Windows Server 2008 is in extended support, while Windows Server 2012 will see mainstream support expire in 2018.

Microsoft MVP Brien Posey takes a look at all these factors in the lead article of this handbook, which examines the benefits and costs of a Windows Server 2016 migration. Those new features may be just what your business needs to become more productive and efficient. Or they may be extraneous for a business that's perfectly happy driving along on that old model.