Hyper-V, PowerShell Top IT Pros' Windows Server 2016 Wish List
Container support is nice, but most IT pros are looking forward to Hyper-V virtualization updates and new PowerShell capabilities.
Windows Server 2016 will usher in Docker container support and a new, lightweight Nano Server variant. While they're considered among the most cutting-edge and potentially transformative technologies in the data center, a survey of 300 IT professionals from management software company Spiceworks reveals that most administrators have their sights set on improvements to Windows Server's more mundane capabilities. New functionality in Hyper-V, Microsoft's virtualization platform, was ranked the top, most enticing Windows Server feature (31 percent). "In recent years, server virtualization has made server rooms more efficient, redundant, and less expensive to run. And with high adoption rates of virtualization, IT pros are keen on new functionality that could improve server uptime and resiliency of their networks," Spiceworks IT Content Marketing Manager Peter Tsai told eWEEK. In Windows 2016, Hyper-V will offer virtual machine (VM) resiliency features and rolling cluster updates among several other capabilities aimed at helping IT personnel better manage their virtual server environments. An attractive cost structure also helps. "Additionally, as new Hyper-V features roll out, many companies are increasingly interested in Microsoft's free hypervisor as an alternative to potentially more costly options," Tsai added. In second place, and dovetailing with an improved Hyper-V implementation in the upcoming server operating system (OS), is new PowerShell 5.0 functionality (20 percent).
"Busy IT pros love tools like PowerShell because it helps them save time and uniformly automate manual processes," Tsai observed. "The PowerShell Direct improvements in Windows Server 2016 make it even more convenient to configure, manage, and maintain VMs directly from a Hyper-V host instead of from each individual guest OS, saving even more time and opening up new automation possibilities."