Microsoft has made a focused shift to ensuring that customers today, whether they are in the public or private cloud, have a solid foundation for their application portfolio. There are two new technologies introduced in Microsoft Windows Server 2016: Nano Server and containers. With these new technologies, you can take advantage of a highly optimized, scalable, and secure experience for Application Platform.

Nano Server

Nano Server is an exciting new installation option for Windows Server 2016 that has an even smaller footprint than the Server Core installation option.

Nano Server is a new, small-footprint, headless installation option for Windows Server 2016. It is a deep refactoring of Windows Server that is optimized for the cloud. As such, Nano Server in Windows Server 2016 is ideal for the following scenarios:

  • Compute Host for Hyper-V or part of a Windows Failover Cluster

  • Container Host

  • Storage Host for a Scale-Out File Server (SOFS)

  • DNS server

  • Web server running IIS

  • Application Platform for apps that are built using cloud development patterns and run in a container and/or VM guest

Nano Server is fully headless; thus, it might require some changes to management and operations procedures for organizations that aren’t fully managing their current server deployments remotely.

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