Today at the SharePoint Virtual Summit, we unveiled the latest innovations for SharePoint and OneDrive, including powerful integrations across Office 365, Windows and Azure – and while we continue to drive forward with a cloud-first, mobile-first vision – we’re excited to also announce new innovation for our customers on-premises.
When we launched SharePoint Server 2019 in November of 2018, we shared a vision of a server that was cloud-born, future-proof, and built on the success of SharePoint Server 2016. A new, modern version of SharePoint that shared a codebase with SharePoint Online enabling us to deliver at a more rapid cadence. Innovation that is born in the cloud, innovation to help you succeed with the cloud, and most importantly, innovation based on your feedback.
Over the past year, we’ve made significant progress against those goals and today we're announcing additional improvements for SharePoint Server 2016 and SharePoint Server 2019 to help your organization meet your business challenges, enabling the freedom to build, manage, and deploy applications on a massive, global network using your favorite tools and frameworks with Azure.
Now with SharePoint Server 2019 we're providing more flexible deployment options to include support for Azure Stack and SQL Managed Instances.
In addition to our existing support for Azure virtual machines, these new support options allow you to create a truly consistent experience across your hybrid cloud using comprehensive Azure cloud capabilities so you can reduce complexity and risk with the platform, tools, and services designed to work together across your on-premises and cloud environments. Through combining our existing support for SharePoint implementations in Azure with these new options for deployment, you can build and deploy your SharePoint environments and applications consistently, seamlessly, and deliver integrated security and management across on-premises and the cloud.
A managed instance in Azure SQL Database is a fully managed SQL Server Database Engine Instance hosted in Azure cloud. This is the best PaaS option for migrating your SQL Server database to the cloud. New managed instance support for SharePoint Server 2019 allows you to leverage the benefits of managed instances with SharePoint environments hosted in Azure.
In addition to new support for managed instances with SharePoint Server 2019, we're also extending support for deploying SharePoint Server 2016 (SharePoint Server 2019) on Azure Stack so you can build and run SharePoint environments using consistent Azure services on-premises to meet regulatory or technical requirements. Learn more at https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/overview/azure-stack/.