I examine if there are any features in Windows Server 2016 that might be worth SMEs upgrading for.
In September 2015, I wrote in What Does Windows Server 2016 Mean for Small Businesses? on the Petri IT Knowledgebase that if your small or medium business is already running Windows Server 2012 R2, that Windows Server 2016 would be unlikely to be an enticing upgrade, with some exceptions — for instance, businesses requiring virtualization with failover capability. But now that Microsoft has announced general availability of Windows Server 2016 at Ignite, let’s take a more detailed look at what it means for SMEs.
Much of the new functionality in Windows Server 2016 is aimed at large enterprises looking to support complex hybrid private/public cloud infrastructures and that need container technology as popularized by Docker. But some features might be of interest to SMEs, and it’s also worth noting that it’s not just about what’s new, but Windows Server 2016 is a more robust OS and has improved security out-of-the-box.