Cyberattacks are becoming more sophisticated and frequent, and running apps and data on unsupported versions of software can create significant security and compliance risks. That is why now is the ideal time to look for opportunities to move your workloads to Windows Server 2022.
Long-term servicing channel (LTSC) releases of Windows Server get 5 years of mainstream support and 5 years of extended support. For example, Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 was released in 2013, and it will be supported until October 2023. After this date, service packs and security updates will not be provided, so users will be at a greater risk of an attack.
With each major release, Microsoft’s operating system for servers gains many useful features and capabilities to help the numerous businesses and organizations that depend on it run critical workloads. The latest version, Windows Server 2022, is no different, and this article is here to explain everything you need to know about it.
Brief Introduction To Windows Server 2022
Windows Server 2022 was initially released by Microsoft on August 18, 2021. As the tenth LTSC release of the server operating system, Windows Server 2022 is expected to deliver a good number of major improvements and innovations even though the launch event was modest due to the circumstances surrounding the pandemic.
Just like previous versions, Windows Server 2022 is aimed at small, medium-sized, and large businesses and organizations that want to build an infrastructure of connected applications, networks, and web services. The latest version allows them to do just that on premises, in Azure, and at the edge.
The codebase on which Windows Server 2022 is based is derived from Microsoft’s desktop operating system, namely Windows 10. Unsurprisingly, Windows Server 2022 can run only on 64-bit CPUs (the last version to support 32-bit CPUs was Windows Server 2008).
Different Versions Of Windows Server 2022
There are various versions of Microsoft Windows Server 2022 licenses to meet the needs of many different customers:
- Windows Server 2022 Standard: The Standard version of Windows Server 2022 targets entirely physical or partially virtualized environments with up to two virtual machines and one Hyper-V host.
- Windows Server 2022 Datacenter: Businesses and organizations that really heavily on virtualization and the cloud shroud choose Windows Server 2022 Datacenter because of its great flexibility in server deployment and support for an unlimited number of virtual machines.
- Windows Server 2022 Datacenter Azure Edition: This version of Windows Server 2022 is for purely virtualized environments, offering features such as Azure Extended Networking, Hotpatch, and SMB over QUIC.
What’s New In Windows Server 2022
Now that we’ve introduced Windows Server 2022 and each of its versions, it’s time we take a closer look at some of the most noteworthy new features and capabilities it has to offer.
To combat the rise of firmware vulnerabilities being exploited by cybercriminals, Windows Server 2022 uses Windows Defender System Guard to isolate critical parts of the system with virtualization-based security. These and other security-related enhancements make Windows Server 2022 the most secure version to date.
A server operating system that’s not secure enough to keep modern cyber threats at bay can easily create more problems than it solves. The security of Windows Server 2022 is enhanced with support for TPM 2.0, AES-256 encryption on SMB, UEFI Secure Boot, Boot DMA Protection, and DNS-over-HTTPS.
For many businesses and organizations that have decided to embrace digital transformation, the hybrid model is the most optimal choice, allowing them to combine existing on-premises resources with the cloud.
Fortunately for them, Windows Server 2022 comes with extensive hybrid capabilities thanks to Azure Arc, a solution for running cloud-native applications even on existing hardware, virtual machines, and Kubernetes clusters. Azure Arc is designed to work hand-in-hand with Microsoft Sentinel, the first cloud-native security information and event manager (SIEM) platform.
Also, users can now perform virtual machine lifecycle management for Azure Stack HCI and VMware environments from a centralized location.
Application Platform Flexibility
Windows Server 2022 features a smaller container image size, making it faster to deploy container applications. The Windows Admin Center tool has been enhanced to allow users to easily containerize .NET applications, host them on the Azure Container Registry, and then deploy them to other Azure services, such as the fully managed Kubernetes service provided by Azure Kubernetes Service.
These improvements make it easier for businesses and organizations to take advantage of the benefits of containerization and deploy applications in a more efficient and secure manner.
Windows Server On Azure
Azure is a great platform for Windows Server to run on thanks to its native support or SQL, .NET, and other Windows Server workloads.
Azure is the only cloud platform that offers end-to-end hybrid infrastructure and consistent security, identity, and management features, allowing you to operate seamlessly across your on-premises data center and the cloud. With migration and modernization planning tools and guidance, businesses and organizations can move to Azure with confidence.
Those who use Windows Server licenses on Azure can save 40 percent or more and get free Extended Security Updates, and they can even bring their on-premises Windows and SQL Server licenses with Software Assurance to Azure to pay a reduced compute rate thanks to Azure Hybrid Benefit.
Windows Server 2022 can run even on a dusty old server with a 1.4 GHz x86-64 CPU and 2 GB of RAM, but it can take advantage of much more powerful hardware than that. To be more specific, it supports up to 2,048 logical cores and 48 TB of RAM.
Windows Server 2022 also supports the latest Intel Xeon processors, providing users with hardware-level security in addition to the software-level security they’ve come to expect. The built-in security capabilities of Intel Xeon CPUs enable fast data encryption with minimal performance impact, while Intel Software Guard Extensions (Intel SGX) offers additional protection for data in memory.
Windows Server 2022 Support Lifecycle
Windows Server 2012/2012 R2 was released in 2013, and it will be supported until October 2023. After this date, service packs and security updates will not be provided, so users will be at a greater risk of an attack. As a last resort option, Microsoft runs the Extended Security Update (ESU) program, giving customers the option to obtain security updates and bulletins rated critical and important for a certain amount of time (until October 2026 for Windows Server 2012/2012 R2).
Compatibility With Microsoft Server Applications
Windows Server 2022 supports the installation and functionality of many different Microsoft server applications including but not limited to Azure DevOps Server 2020.1, Exchange Server 2019 CU12 and its later versions, Host Integration Server 2020, Project Server 2019, SharePoint Server 2019, and SQL Server 2019, all of which are supported on server with desktop experience.
On top of these, Windows Server 2022 also supports more recent and updated applications such as System Center Data Protection Manager 2022, System Center Operations Manager 2022, and System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2022, which are not supported by the previous versions of Windows Server.
Windows Server 2022 is the latest version of Microsoft’s operating system for servers. It offers many enhanced features and capabilities to help businesses and organizations support their digitally transferred operations. Microsoft is supporting the notion of Hybrid Working Models, combining on-premises, private cloud, and public cloud services; Windows Server 2022 reflects this through and through.
For more information on Windows Server 2022, you can visit the related page on Microsoft’s website. If you’re interested in trying out the operating system before purchasing, you can download the official ISO file and test it out for 180 days.
Yalla!Hub Forms New Partnership With WEE Marketplace
The collaboration will accelerate e-commerce digitalization and allow for speedy deliveries across the Gulf countries.
After raising $6 million to expand into Saudi Arabia and Qatar, Yalla!Hub is now set to collaborate with WEE to facilitate the sale of products through both YallaMarket and the WEE marketplace. The companies plan to enhance the GCC e-commerce market using a range of innovative solutions for sales and delivery, presenting new opportunities for Emirati-based and foreign suppliers.
“This collaboration with WEE Marketplace signifies a major step forward in our mission to revolutionize e-commerce through digitalization in the UAE and GCC, making market entry and operations smoother both for customers and businesses. With this partnership, we’re able to extend the reach of brands to a wider audience,” explained Leo Dovbenko, CEO of Yalla!Hub.
Meanwhile, new partner WEE is uniquely positioned in the UAE and already well known for fast delivery services. The company’s WEE Marketplace will soon feature goods from Yalla!Hub on their platform, empowering Dubai shoppers with 1-hour delivery windows and a next-day service across the rest of the Emirates.
“WEE Marketplace and Yalla!Hub are absolute leaders of the UAE fast e-commerce market, and this partnership opens new horizons for brands, allowing them to enter at once both platforms. We choose the brands very carefully, aiming to give the best products to our customers,” said Anastasia Kim, CEO and co-founder of WEE marketplace.
The Emirati e-commerce market has now reached a value of nearly $13 billion and is expected to grow to $20 billion by 2027. Express deliveries account for 5.5% of total merchandise turnover, which currently stands at around $700 million. Among the express delivery categories, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, flowers, and groceries lead the way.