Microsoft continues pushing hybrid cloud with new launches

Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 are launching next month

Microsoft continued its push to get companies on the hybrid cloud train on Monday, with the launch of several products all tailored at helping bridge on-premises datacenters and the public cloud.

The company announced that Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 will be available for purchase on October 1, and generally available in mid-October. On top of that, it unveiled new Azure functionality that makes it easier to monitor both public cloud infrastructure and on-premises datacenters in one control plane.

The second technical preview of Azure Stack is now also broadly available, after Microsoft launched it in private beta last month.

All told, these announcements are aimed at making it easier for companies with on-premises datacenters to connect those environments with Microsoft's public cloud and gain benefits from that. It's one of the things that helps differentiate Microsoft from its competitors in the cloud market, especially Amazon and Google.

As part of the launch of Windows Server 2016, Microsoft announced that customers of its server software will get the commercially supported package of Docker Engine at no additional cost. It's a boost for companies that are trying to take advantage of containerization technology to improve their development workflow.

Azure's monitoring console will let users see both their cloud infrastructure and their on-premises infrastructure in one console, thanks to an integration with Microsoft's Operations Management Suite.

"And so now, if you go into the Azure portal, you'll have both management capabilities for all of your Azure infrastructure, but also now all of your on-premises infrastructure," Microsoft corporate vice president Julia White said in an interview. "Be it VMware on-prem, it could be OpenStack or whatever, or across cloud as well."

Azure Stack's second technical preview will give companies access to new services, including Azure Key Vault and Azure Queue storage. It will also include a preview of new capabilities, including monitoring and capacity planning, which are aimed at helping organizations get used to Azure Stack's capabilities for rapid adoption.

That adoption will still take some time -- Azure Stack isn't slated for availability until next year, and it will only be available through a handful of integrated systems sold by Microsoft partners.

Join the newsletter!

Or
Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection

Tags Microsoft

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Blair Hanley Frank

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Brand Post

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Andrew Teoh

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

Touch screen visibility and operation was great and easy to navigate. Each menu and sub-menu was in an understandable order and category

Louise Coady

Brother MFC-L9570CDW Multifunction Printer

The printer was convenient, produced clear and vibrant images and was very easy to use

Edwina Hargreaves

WD My Cloud Home

I would recommend this device for families and small businesses who want one safe place to store all their important digital content and a way to easily share it with friends, family, business partners, or customers.

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Featured Content

Product Launch Showcase

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?