|Windows Server 2016 Essentials is the cloud-ready operating system that supports your current workloads while introducing new technologies that make it easy to transition to cloud computing when you are ready. It is ideal for small businesses.|
Powerful tools to save time and reduce costs
Windows Server 2016 also helps to prevent malicious attacks against your system with a strengthened security suite that also detects any suspicious activity as a preventative measure. Users can change existing applications into cloud-ready solutions and help developers to create new apps using containers, microservices, and the new Nano Server. Your data center can be run with an automated and resilient operating system and will have access to many of the same cloud-efficient features found in Microsoft Azure data centers.
Added Layers of Security
Enhance security and reduce risk with multiple layers of built-in protection
Strengthen your security
Help prevent malicious attacks and detect suspicious activity where it matters: your operating system and workloads.
Build highly available, scalable software-defined storage and reduce costs
Respond faster with rapid network scale
Move your network-control layer from hardware to software. Automatically balance and shift workloads without setting switches.
Increase application isolation
Help protect container-based applications with Hyper-V containers. Use the distributed firewall, a software-defined networking capability, to control internal and external network traffic to virtual machines.
Build cloud and hybrid apps
Combine the benefits of containers with Nano server, Azure Service Fabric, and Windows Server for true business agility in cloud-native apps.
Compare Windows Server 2016 Editions
|Core functionality of Windows Server|
|OSEs / Windows Server containers with Hyper-V isolation||2||Unlimited|
|Windows Server containers|
|Host Guardian Service|
|Nano Server||Software Assurance Required||Software Assurance Required|
|Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica|
|Shielded Virtual Machines|
|Licensing Model||Specialty servers||Core-based||Core-based|
|CAL Requirements||No CAL required||Windows Server CAL||Windows Server CAL|
|Windows Server 2016 Essentials provides increases the manageability of domains, users, and devices by adding support for larger deployments with multiple domains and domain controllers as well as ability to specify a designated domain controller.|