Developers and operations teams that want to get an early look can access the preview build now through Microsoft’s Insider Program.
The server offering boasts a bevy of new features for business users, including expanded support for hybrid cloud environments; enhanced security features to protect virtual machines (including Linux virtual machines) and detect and respond to threats; support for Kubernetes containers; and new levels of support for hyperconverged infrastructure.
As TechCrunch reports, Windows Server 2019 is "the next release in the Long-Term Servicing Channel for Windows Server, which means that customers will get five years of mainstream support and can get an extra five years of extended support." Microsoft releases a new version of Windows Server every two to three years.
"LTSC continues to be the recommended version of Windows Server for most of the infrastructure scenarios, including workloads like Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft SharePoint, and Windows Server Software-defined solutions," Microsoft says.