Windows Server 2016 to Launch in Early Fall
Microsoft will use its upcoming Ignite conference as a launch pad for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.The countdown has begun. On July 12, Day 2 of Microsoft's Worldwide Partner Conference in Toronto, the company announced that it is planning to officially launch Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 during another conference. The server operating system and IT management software suite will be made generally available at Microsoft's upcoming Ignite conference, scheduled to take place Sept. 26–30 in Atlanta. In the meantime, Microsoft is urging administrators to evaluate Windows Server 2016 by downloading the final version of the OS, Technical Preview 5. The system software is feature-complete and contains all of the new features that distinguish it from its predecessors. Among them are Docker container support and the new, lightweight Nano Server variant. However, IT professionals are most looking forward to the Hyper-V and PowerShell enhancements, according to a survey conducted late last year by Spiceworks. In Windows Server 2016, Hyper-V includes support for rolling cluster updates and features that improve the resiliency of virtual machines (VMs). "In recent years, server virtualization has made server rooms more efficient, redundant and less expensive to run," Spiceworks IT Content Marketing Manager Peter Tsai told eWEEK in December. "And with high adoption rates of virtualization, IT pros are keen on new functionality that could improve server uptime and resiliency of their networks."
PowerShell is the second most in-demand feature. IT professionals expect the improved command-line shell and scripting language to help simplify and automate VM management, added Tsai.