Microsoft wants to see VMWare users switch to Windows Server 2016 for their virtualization workload and they are offering free licenses in return for the migration.
When you make a substantial financial outlay for hardware to host IT infrastructure workload, you, and the people who sign the checks, want to be certain that you get as much as possible out of your investment.
It happens with almost any new technological advance: Suddenly, every product is in the cloud, or mobile-based, or big data-ready—whether they really are or not. The same thing is happening with the word “converged.”
In recent years there has been a trend toward increasing workload density. A decade and a half ago, you would generally run one workload on one hardware chassis. While it was certainly possible to install different products, such as Exchange Server or SQL Server, on the same server running Windows 2000, administrators would generally avoid doing so unless they were deploying a Small Business Server-type solution. If you were doing enterprise IT on Windows systems in those days, you’d rarely see SQL Server and Exchange Server on the same chassis in a production environment. All that changed with the widespread adoption of virtualization.
Converged systems are powerful platforms that have taken the industry by storm. With built-in automation and high-density architecture, converged systems help architect a very robust cloud and storage environment.