Ignite: Microsoft releases Windows Server 2016

Sean Dudley
Sean Dudley
By Sean Dudley on 27 September 2016
Ignite: Microsoft releases Windows Server 2016

At the Ignite conference in Atlanta, US, the latest edition of Microsoft’s server operating system – Windows Server 2016 – has been unveiled.

A number of companies of varying size and structure have used the final technical preview of Windows Server 2016 since it was released five months ago. Microsoft has incorporated the feedback it has received from these customers into the final release.

“Customer feedback is an important driver of the features we build into our products,” said Erin Chapple, general manager of Windows Server. “Customers tell us they face massive change as they evolve processes and applications to deliver faster and more powerful business solutions, while at the same time having to operate existing workloads more securely and efficiently.”

Microsoft is referring to Windows Server 2016 as the ‘cloud-ready OS’, as it introduces technology that helps ease customers’ transition to the cloud.

“It is a great server operating system to run traditional applications and data centre infrastructure, and at the same time it delivers an unprecedented amount of innovation to help customers transition workloads to a more secure, efficient and agile cloud model,” said Chapple. “It is a great place to land all your workloads, providing the flexibility to run them on-premises or in the cloud.”

The new release includes a number of new innovations, including advanced multi-layer security. Windows Server 2016 provides IT teams with the power to prevent increasingly sophisticated attacks and detect suspicious activities as soon as they arise. This is thanks to features that help control privileged access, protect virtual machines and identify emerging threats.

Windows Server 2016 also offers a more flexible and cost-efficient operating system for any data centre. This is achieved through the use of software-defined compute, storage and network features that have been inspired by the Azure cloud platform.

“As the digital transformation accelerates in every organisation, nearly every application needs to transition or transform,” said Chapple. “Windows Server 2016 delivers new ways to deploy and run both existing and cloud-native applications – whether on-premises or in Microsoft Azure – using new capabilities such as Windows Server Containers and the lightweight Nano Server deployment option.”

Microsoft also announced that the Commercially Supported Docker Engine will be available to Windows Server 2016 customers at no additional cost.

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