Windows Server 2019 Preview, one of the most well-known and innovative operating system in the IT space was announced at the end of March. Windows Server 2019 Preview not only allows you to run workloads on-premises or in the cloud with Azure, but Windows Server have also built up a solid reputation for offering reliable management tools including Docker, Azure Container Service, and Azure Service Fabric (now Open Source), support and pricing that keeps their customers happy.
In fact, the future IT workplace in large part, relies on the importance of the tools that you can leverage to better manage hybrid-cloud environments, AI integration and Proactive Monitoring strategies but there is always the innovation and efficiency decision.
“While there are technical motivators for transitioning applications and infrastructure to the cloud, such as increasing resource elasticity and simplifying infrastructure procurement, cloud migration at the enterprise level is typically a business-driven decision” according to Jason Dover – Vice President, Product Strategy, KEMP Technologies.
Moreover, organizations use applications to help differentiate themselves from the competition. They know that their core business applications help them not only to engage, but better support customers. From a Cloud perspective it is all about the application uptime and Windows Server plays a huge role in this game.
Windows Server improved shielded Virtual machines to prevent malicious admins gaining access to tenant secrets. In the past, a malicious IT admin could perform a fairly simple attack to a tenant´s Active Directory domain controller, by logging on to the Hyper-V console and trying to attempt to steal the passwords by selecting the domain controller, going to the NTDs folder and copying from the AD database. Shielded Virtual Machines ideally would prevent that from happening.
Now you can also troubleshoot your shielded VMs using PowerShell including the PS extension for Visual Studio Code and the VM Connect Enhanced Session Mode!
On the other hand, similar protection is required for network traffic to and from a VM. At a networking level, Windows Server 2019 Preview enables you to utilize Encrypt Network in SDN in order to manage the end-to-end encryption and protect data from on-premises network devices and between the hosts. In order to achieve this protection level, you want to enable DTLS-based encryption using the Network Controller.
Why KEMP ADC & Windows Server 2019 Preview?
As mentioned above, Windows Server 2019 Preview also delivers container benefits to existing apps with minimal or no code changes by moving apps from virtual machines to containers. Containers provide operating system level virtualization that allow you to run multiple isolated applications on one container host.
When you deploy a web service to multiple containers, you definitely want to load balance between the containers using a proxy or load balancer. You can utilize management tools to deploy your ADCs (Application Delivery Controllers) by using KEMP PowerShell vNext SDK (https://github.com/KEMPtechnologies/powershell-sdk-vnext) and leverage Desired State Configuration to automate routine operations.
Server Uptime – Reliability
There are two key topics around this Windows Server release, Hybrid and Application Platform.
When choosing a reliable Application Platform solution, something you to want to look at closely is the Service Level Agreement. A very interesting Windows Server integration is System State Backup with Azure Backup which provides a comprehensive protection for Active Directory, File-Servers and IIS Web Servers.
“System State fully encapsulates Active Directory, which is the most important database in any organization and allows for targeted domain-controller recoveries. In addition, critical cluster information of File Servers and the IIS Web Server Metabase is fully contained in the Windows System State.” – Saurabh Sensharma, Program Manager II, Azure Backup
Microsoft achieved a seamless way to protect your critical cluster information, however, hybrid cloud computing requires global load balancers for intelligent traffic direction. When traffic is running at normal levels, global (geographic) load balancers direct traffic to dedicated optimized application servers. When traffic spikes, a GEO load balancer will direct spillover to servers on the public cloud.
The KEMP GEO LoadMaster enables IT managers to:
- Direct web facing traffic to the closest and fastest performing data center
- Rapidly redirect traffic from a data center suffering from an outage to an available server
- Program the LoadMaster to deal with sophisticated DOS (Denial of Service) attacks
Windows Server is one of the most cost-effective OS and has been mainly designed for more flexible hybrid scenarios including great support for cloud scenarios, data protection and application management. Whether you have built your business around Windows or Linux it is highly recommended to give a try to the latest Windows Server 2019 Preview Features including integration with Azure. Preview build is available to Windows Insiders