Windows Server 2016 Released, Touted as Hybrid Cloud Enabler

Microsoft yesterday announced the general availability of its new operating system for servers, Windows Server 2016, which the company said is ready for traditional and cloud-native applications.

Redmond also released System Center 2016 to help companies deploy, configure and manage their virtualized, software-defined datacenters and hybrid cloud infrastructures.

The Windows Server 2016 release is just one of many reflecting Microsoft's deep commitment to the hybrid cloud, Mark Jewett, Microsoft?EU?s senior director of product marketing for the cloud platform, wrote in a blog post yesterday.

?EU?In our long-held view, hybrid cloud is the reality for all enterprise customers, even those with the most ambitious cloud plans. Some applications should and will move quickly to public cloud, while others face technological and regulatory obstacles," he said. "Regardless of where these applications run today or will run in the future, Windows Server 2016 provides a rich and secure platform.?EU?

Portability Across Environments

Windows Server 2016 offers seamless portability across data centers as well as private, and public cloud environments, according to Microsoft. The OS uses both virtual machine (VM) and new container formats that can be deployed wherever they're needed.

The OS now also offers portability to Microsoft Azure with a new feature called Azure Hybrid Use Benefit that allows Windows Server virtual machines to be run in Azure at a discounted rate.

The effort to optimize the latest version of Windows Server for the hybrid cloud is part of Microsoft's broader strategy to focus on hybrid cloud across its portfolio, including its Office 365, Dynamics 365, and Azure services. The goal is to refocus its efforts on building a comprehensive set of capabilities across all of its platforms, according to Microsoft.

Consistency Across the Hybrid Cloud

While many IT companies are now turning their attention to hybrid deployments, Jewett said the way Microsoft is approaching the problem...

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