At Ignite, we announced several new solutions that will continue to expand the industry’s most complete cloud:
- Microsoft Azure Stack, a next generation cloud infrastructure that brings Azure IaaS and PaaS capabilities to customers’ datacenters.
- Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016, the next versions of the popular application platform and management solutions.
- Microsoft Operations Management Suite, a new hybrid management solution that helps you manage your corporate workloads no matter where they run: Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMware, or OpenStack.
Building Hybrid Clouds
Microsoft is the only cloud vendor that builds and runs its own hyper-scale datacenters and delivers that same technology back to customers’ and partners’ datacenters. We are continuing to bring this innovation to customers in our next wave of cloud infrastructure.
Microsoft Azure Stack
Microsoft Azure Stack extends the agile Azure model of application development and deployment to your datacenter. Azure Stack delivers IaaS and PaaS services into your datacenter so you can easily blend your enterprise applications such as SQL Server, SharePoint, and Exchange with modern distributed applications and services while maintaining centralized oversight. Using Azure Resource Manager (just released in preview last week), you get consistent application deployments every time, whether provisioned to Azure in the public cloud or Azure Stack in a datacenter environment. This approach is unique in the industry and gives your developers the flexibility to create applications once and then decide where to deploy them later - all with role-based access control to meet your compliance needs. More details here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/azure-in-your-datacenter/?Ocid=OutgoingEvents_Social_TW_MSCloud_20150509_178795371&linkId=14107892
New Technical Preview of Windows Server 2016 – Now Available
The next version of Windows Server will build on our leading operating system and application platform for enterprise applications like SQL Server and Exchange, and extend it to deliver a rich platform for modern applications. We’ve recently announced plans to introduce Windows Server Containers and Hyper-V Containers (expected in the third Technical Preview of Windows Server 2016 this summer). Windows Server 2016 will also offer Azure Service Fabric, a platform for building and hosting application services that automatically scale and heal, bringing you the same underlying technology used to power highly scalable services like Skype for Business, Azure SQL Database, and Cortana.
Managing a Hybrid World
Today’s hybrid reality means your applications and data are spread across multiple vendors’ environments. While you may not control all the platforms they run on you still need to manage and control these assets to help your organization meet business, compliance and regulatory needs.
Microsoft Operations Management Suite (OMS)
Launching today, OMS extends your System Center investments and our best practices in operating one of the world’s largest cloud environments to simplify management of your assets wherever they live. That means any instance (physical, virtual or container) and any cloud, including your data center, Azure, AWS, Windows Server, Linux, VMware, and OpenStack, at a lower cost than competitive solutions.
New Technical Preview of System Center 2016 – Available This Week
System Center 2016 continues to speed time to value with new provisioning, monitoring and automation capabilities designed for your software-defined datacenter. The second Technical Preview of System Center 2016, coming this week, adds:
- Improved Linux management, including Desired State Configuration (DSC) support, native SSH support, and improved LAMP stack monitoring.
- Software Defined Datacenter management, including mixed mode cluster upgrades, enhanced Scale-Out File Server (SOFS) management, and deployment of software-defined networking (SDN) at scale.
- Powerful new monitoring for Azure, Office365, SQL Server and Exchange.
Microsoft Azure Stack, Windows Server 2016, and System Center 2016 bring proven innovation from Microsoft’s hyper-scale datacenters into yours. Hear directly from customers who are experiencing this transformation today: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/server-cloud/products/azure-in-your-datacenter/?Ocid=OutgoingEvents_Social_TW_MSCloud_20150509_178795371&linkId=14107892#Fragment_Scenario5