Microsoft has announced the general availability of Windows Server 2016 and System Centre 2016.
The last major release of Windows Server was three years ago with Server 2012 R2. The new release brings a whole bunch of new features – but most importantly, Windows Server 2016 is attempting to be everything for everyone.
The point of Server 2016 is Virtualization – Microsoft has made a giant leap ahead with what they can offer, making much of competing Linux and VMWare offerings irrelevant.
Besides the usual upgrades with security and performance, Server 2016 also introduces a whole bunch of new features such as the new Windows container format and the Nano Server deployment. The new OS also comes with a brand new networking stack and simplifies virtualization. Though this is a very basic summary of what’s new in Server 2016, Sean Gallagher at Ars Technica did a detailed write-up about some of the new things Server 2016 is capable of.
Microsoft also published a webcast with some of the people from the Server 2016 team to show us what’s new in Server 2016 – you can watch that up top. It is quite lengthy at 1 hour and 20 minutes, but it goes into detail about all the things new in Server 2016, and the fact you hear it from members of the Microsoft team itself is just a bonus.
The new features for System Center 2016 were showcased at Microsoft’s Ignite event last month, a video of that can be found over here. System Center 2016 is Microsoft’s data center management solution to help administrators deploy and manage servers and desktops. You can also read more about its features in Microsoft’s blog post over here.
Windows Server 2016 and System Centre 2016, both are available via MSDN and VLSC right now; you can find an evaluation copy for both at the TechNet Evaluation Centre.