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Serving up the future: @windowsserver 2016
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It was just two weeks ago that the new Microsoft Ignite conference kicked off in Chicago. In addition to feeding 23,000 people a day, and delivering over a thousand breakout sessions, there were also plenty of product releases.

Introducing Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview 2

At the heart of the Microsoft Cloud Platform vision is Windows Server. Whether you’re operating your own datacenter, relying on a hosting partner, or extending into the public cloud with Azure – Windows Server remains the core building block. The next version – Windows Server 2016 – was named at Ignite along with a new Technical Preview that you can either install yourself, or deploy in minutes from an image in Azure.

There are enhancements in networking, new capabilities in storage and storage replication, plenty of new features and enhancements to management and security, and some great new features coming to the Hyper-V virtualization stack. Read more about these on the blog post.

Introducing System Center 2016 Technical Preview 2

While Windows Server is the core building block, System Center delivers the best toolset for both the build-out and management of your cloud platform. Like Windows Server there is also a System Center Technical Preview 2 that you can download and install yourself.

System Center TP2 adds new provisioning, monitoring, and automation capabilities designed for your software-defined datacenter. As well as building upon the new features for Windows Server, System Center also comes with new support for your Linux workloads – such as Desired State Configuration (DSC) support, native SSH support, and improved LAMP stack monitoring.

Hungry for more information? Check out some of the on-demand sessions from the Chicago Ignite conference, buy a ticket to our own Microsoft Ignite New Zealand conference in September, or come along to one of the June meetups in Auckland, Wellington, or Christchurch.

Regan Murphy
Regan Murphy
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Microsoft New Zealand
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