I think Microsoft is pointing Windows Server more and more to a cloud environment, the new features of Hyper-V (Containers, Cluster update,...) and new point of view of networking as software are great for that types of infrastructure.
A good aspect of that is that Server 2016 is more integrated in Azure, making easy to deploy/migrate to an hybrid cloud (current demand in my opinion)
But the down side is that it's build above of Windows 10, so I'm a little scared to found some modern shit along (like the "start menu" in 2012R2). So, we'll see
Have you thought about trying Nano Server ?