At the Microsoft Ignite conference, Microsoft announced Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016, the next versions of the popular application platform and management solutions. Windows Server 2016 will offer Azure Service Fabric, a platform for building and hosting application services that automatically scale and heal. Microsoft today announced the release our second Technical Preview of Windows Server 2016. In addition to offering a first look at Nano Server, we are extending the advanced virtualization features in our first preview, with
- Rolling upgrades for Hyper-V and Storage clusters for even faster adoption of new updates and operating systems.
- Compute resiliency so virtual machines (VMs) continue running even if the compute cluster fabric service fails.
- Storage Replica updates for synchronous storage replication for affordable backup and disaster recovery.
The second Technical Preview of System Center 2016, coming this week, adds:
- Improved Linux management, including Desired State Configuration (DSC) support, native SSH support, and improved LAMP stack monitoring.
- Software Defined Datacenter management, including mixed mode cluster upgrades, enhanced Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) management, and deployment of software-defined networking (SDN) at scale.
- Powerful new monitoring for Azure, Office365, SQL Server and Exchange.