Windows Server 2016 Is Generally Available
The wait is finally over. Customers can now get the final release version of Microsoft's "cloud-ready" server operating system, a major part of the company's hybrid cloud vision.Microsoft launched Windows Server 2016 during last month's Ignite conference, offering customers evaluation copies of the operating system. This week, those customers can finally download the fully licensed version of the system software and start the process of deploying it in production environments, said Mark Jewett, senior director of product marketing at Microsoft Cloud Platform. "We are pleased to announce today marks the general availability (GA) of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016," said Jewett in an Oct. 12 announcement. "Customers can now broadly acquire the server operating system that accelerates innovation and security of both traditional and cloud-native applications." Both Windows Server 2016 and the company's data center management platform, System Center 2016, are critical to Microsoft's hybrid-cloud approach to business software and IT infrastructure services. Microsoft operates Azure, a massive (and still growing) public cloud computing platform that stretches across the globe. However, the company acknowledges that many of the world's enterprises aren't rushing to place their application workloads on public clouds, for reasons ranging from regulatory concerns to sheer technical constraints.
Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 are meant to help businesses bridge the gap, with workload portability, unified DevOps and management capabilities that enable businesses to cherry-pick which applications and services they run in their own data centers, in the cloud or both, as changes in demand or business objectives dictate.