After being in Technical Preview for most of the year, Microsoft has finally announced the general availability of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016, which will be available next month. At its Ignite 2016 keynote today, the company emphasized its unique advantage when it comes to the hybrid cloud, and Windows Server is a massive part of that strategy.
Microsoft and Docker Inc will be making the Commercially Supported Docker Engine part of Windows Server, promising to provide it at no additional fee. The company says that container technology will allow for any Docker product to run natively on the OS.
There are also new Azure monitoring abilities, along with Operations Management Suite updates. The ultimate goal is to provide a thorough hybrid cloud solution, which is the combination of cloud and on-premises assets.
The next Technical Preview of Azure Stack is also available. Slated to arrive in 2017, the product is designed to allow businesses to deploy Azure products on-premises.
Microsoft didn't provide a specific date as to when Windows Server 2016 or System Center 2016 will be available, but October is only a few days away, so it should be soon.