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The thing about your digital transformation is that it’s a process, not an event. You can already see some benefits, but the ultimate payoff may be years down the road. In the meantime, you’ve got a wide variety of workloads running in different clouds, on different hosts, and on bare metal. That can create challenges when it comes to security, app development, VDI experiences, and disaster recovery.

Windows Server 2016 was designed specifically with these challenges in mind. In a new white paper, “Windows Server 2016: Run Workloads for Any Platform,” we’ve rounded up all of the guest-level benefits of running this OS in hybrid environments. Windows Server 2016 is designed to run both traditional and cloud-native workloads equally well on-premises or in the cloud, and can help resolve many of the issues that come with deploying workloads in hybrid and cloud environments:

  • Built-in security for virtual machines: Many security concerns are common across all platforms, they exist no matter where you run them. Windows Server 2016 has protections against malware, ransomware, and credential theft built-in at the OS level. You can improve security for any app significantly, just by migrating that app to Windows Server 2016.
  • Easier, more efficient app development: Whether you’re writing apps for virtual machines or for the cloud, Windows Server 2016 helps developers deliver apps to market faster and with greater impact by supporting innovations like containers, Server Core, and Nano Server.
  • Improved VDI experiences: With Windows Server 2016 as your work space, you can provide personal-session desktops in the cloud, support modern graphics and 3D apps, and eliminate MultiPoint Server licensing costs.
  • More cost-effective disaster recovery: Storage Replica in Windows Server 2016 offers both synchronous and asynchronous replication of data between servers and clusters to keep all nodes in sync, regardless of whether they are located on-premises or in the cloud.

The white paper also provides an overview of capabilities that become available when you run your workloads on Windows Server 2016 on Azure. Download it today and learn more about the benefits of running Windows Server 2016, no matter where you run it.