The Microsoft Ignite event on September 26 was also the venue of choice in which to announce that both Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 are now generally available to the public (as of October 12, 2016). On that day, a Hybrid Cloud blog post on Microsoft.com by Senior Director of Product Marketing, Cloud Platform, Mark Jewett had this to say on the subject: “We are pleased to announce today marks the general availability (GA) of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016. Customers can now broadly acquire the server operating system that accelerates innovation and security of both traditional and cloud-native applications. As a cloud-ready OS, Windows Server 2016 inherently enables hybrid cloud. It was forged in our own Azure datacenters, learning from the rigorous requirements of a global, public cloud, and includes software-defined capabilities that are fundamental to fast-paced cloud innovation.”
Why Should You Upgrade to Windows Server 2016?
There are a number of reasons to upgrade to Windows Server 2016. Known as the “cloud-ready OS,” Windows Server meets its customers on their operational turf, introducing technology designed to ease the transition to cloud. As an exclusive server Operating System (OS), it runs traditional applications and datacenter infrastructure, while at the same time delivering an unprecedented amount of innovation to help customers transition workloads to a more secure, efficient, and agile cloud model. Windows Server 2016 delivers powerful innovation across three areas:
Why Should My Customers Upgrade to System Center 2016?
Having your customers upgrade to Windows System Center 2016 adds value to their experience with more than 50 new operations management capabilities. The new version incorporates the improvements from System Center 2012 R2 that were delivered through Update Rollups. By aligning the release with Windows Server 2016, System Center 2016 can support the new innovations in Windows Server 2016 from day one. Microsoft has also made it easy to discover management packs and updates, reduce unnecessary alerts, and schedule maintenance windows so customers can move faster and focus on what’s important.
For the 80 percent of customers that have hybrid datacenter environments, System Center (SC) 2016 makes it easy to not only manage multiple operating systems and platforms, but to extend management to the cloud through integrations with Microsoft Operations Management+Security (OMS). This release includes broader support for Linux/UNIX and VMWare, and support for monitoring resources and services in Azure and Amazon Web Services (AWS). Together SC+OMS offers the best of both worlds in helping you manage Infrastructure in the cloud and on-premise. Read the announcement blog here.
Resources to Help You Succeed
Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016, along with Azure and Operations Management Suite, deliver an amazing hybrid cloud platform that supports customer requirements no matter where they fall on the path to the cloud. Only Microsoft delivers this level of choice for hybrid cloud. Utilize the resources below to help you get up to speed on the solution and provide it to your customers.
Windows Server 2016 – Resources for Partners
In order to encourage more fully developed project collaboration, familiarize yourself with the new features and capabilities of Windows Server 2016:
Find out great ways to start the conversation with your customers:
Windows Server 2016 – Resources for Customers
System Center 2016 – Resources for Partners and Customers
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