As expected, System Center 2016 will be launched in Q3 2016. Now the date is really set: System Center 2016 will be launched at Ignite 2016, which takes place in September.
For now (based on TP5 for SCOM 2016) these are the fixes and new features:
- Monitor a broad range of network devices without requiring Operations Manager certification
- Monitor Nano Server deployments, including DNS and IIS roles
- Realize more than 2X scale improvement in monitoring UNIX/Linux servers
- Experience a more responsive application console, including the ability to navigate across different views and pivots without having to wait for the data to load
- Seamlessly discover, install and update required management packs right from the administration console
- Tune management packs, and alter the monitors and alerting rules – either at source level or group level – to reduce alert noise
- Plan and schedule maintenance windows for workloads without generating spurious alerts in Operations Manager console
- Utilize the Preferred Partner program to discover third-party management packs, authoring tools, dashboard utilities, etc., right from the Operations Manager console.
IMHO these fixes and new features aren’t that big compared to SCOM 2012 R2 UR#9, underlining Microsoft’s ‘Cloud-First, Mobile-First’ strategy.