Management machines now run on Debian 8

Common Vulnerabilities and Exposures (CVE) vulnerabilities fixes using the CVE List. CVE helps because it provides a standardised identifier for a given vulnerability or exposure. Knowing this common identifier allows you to quickly and accurately access information about the problem across multiple information sources that are compatible.

Upgraded to Python 3.6.4

For the API which has a significant improvement in API Stability.

Automated Backups

In the drives and folder settings page, users can now set automated backup policies (backup every X amount of days, keep up to X amount of copies) and backups are taken (and old ones removed) automatically.

User Notes

Control panel support for user notes on virtualisation objects such as servers/drives/folders.

Remote Image Pulling

Drives can now be created by inputting the URL of an .iso file. The system will pull (and verify the checksum) of the image.

Microsoft Server 2016 is now fully supported

  • Containers

Microsoft is working closely with the Docker development team to bring Docker-based containers to Windows Server. Until now, containers have existed almost entirely in the Linux/UNIX open-source world. This allows you to isolate applications and services in an agile, easy-to-administer way. Windows Server 2016 offers two different types of containerised Windows Server instances.

  • Linux Secure Boot

Secure Boot is part of the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) specification that protects a server’s start-up environment against the injection of rootkits or other assorted boot-time malware.

  • The Resilient File System

The Resilient File System (ReFS) has been a long time coming in Windows Server. In Windows Server 2016, we finally have a stable version. ReFS is intended as a high-performance, high-resiliency file system intended for use with Storage Spaces Direct (discussed next in this article) and Hyper-V workloads.

Solid State Drives

Available on the management console.

  • In terms of read IOPS per watt, an SDD has up to an astonishing 179,500 percent advantage over an HDD.
  • SD can access memory addresses much faster than the HDD can move drive heads. This dramatically higher performance places SSD in the ideal position for high IOPs. Top performance storage tiers frequently use only SSD, although a storage tier one step down may combine high performance SSD with a high performing 15RPM HDD.
  • SSDs are ideal for high performance processing, whether they reside in an all-flash array or in hybrid storage arrays. They clearly top HDD in performance. Companies typically reserve SSDs for high performance applications.
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