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Introductie Windows Server 2016

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7 C H A P T E R 1 | The software-defined datacenter The key element of an SDDC architecture is that all three of these planes—the management, control, and data planes—are separated from one another and can be controlled through software. As such, a business can manage its information systems resources holistically. This also makes the infrastructure flexible, resilient, and agile. Windows Server along with System Center and Azure make it possible for organizations to set up SDDCs. This transformation began with Windows Server 2012, and the technologies were enhanced in Windows Server 2012 R2. Windows Server 2016, with its tighter integration with Azure, and the next version of System Center make implementing the software- defined paradigm in your datacenter easier than ever before. What makes it possible How will Windows Server 2016—combined with Azure and the upcoming release of System Center— make the SDDC architecture possible? This section introduces the new features and enhancements in Windows Server 2016 and directs you to where you can find out more about these improvements. To describe the improvements to the Windows Server platform (which is where Hyper-V virtualization resides) and the virtualized workloads (VMs) that run on Hyper-V hosts, this section focuses on the data plane of the SDDC. This gives us an opportunity to examine the new features and enhancements of Windows Server 2016 from three different perspectives: Compute improvements Compute improvements include new features and enhancements that organizations can use to confidently virtualize their enterprise workloads. Organizations need enterprise-grade reliability and flexibility and a platform that runs traditional, distributed, and cloud applications. To meet these needs, Windows Server 2016 delivers best-in-class scale, performance, and resilience for enterprise workloads; the ability to deploy and manage Linux as a first-class element of your infrastructure; and a frictionless fabric that you can upgrade without downtime. Networking improvements Networking improvements include new features and enhancements that make flexible workload placement and mobility possible. Organizations need flexibility, reliability, high levels of performance, and a focus on applications and workloads. To meet these needs, Windows Server 2016 delivers enhancements in the reliability, performance, and interoperability of virtual networking; improved support for centralized configuration and management across virtual and physical networks; new virtualized network functions for transforming the network cloud; and seamless datacenter extensions for flexible workload placement and mobility. Storage improvements Storage improvements include new features and enhancements that reduce enterprise storage costs. Organizations need increased storage efficiency, improved protection of key data and workloads, and the ability to easily grow storage capacity—all while keeping storage costs under control. To meet these needs, Windows Server 2016 delivers the ability to deploy a cost-effective, cloud-scale, SDS platform; centralized deployment and management for more resource-efficient on-premises storage; a provision for delivering business continuity for data and workloads; and the ability to deploy a hybrid cloud storage solution. Compute improvements Some of the key compute improvements in Windows Server 2016 that facilitate the SDDC include the following: Hot add and remove for network adapters and memory With this new feature, you can add or remove a network adapter and adjust the amount of memory assigned while the VM is running, without any interruption. The memory adjustment capability even works when you have Dynamic Memory turned on for a Hyper-V host. For more information about this feature, go to http://technet.microsoft.com/library/dn765471.aspx#BKMK_hot.

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