HPE ProLiant Gen10 Servers + Windows Server 2016 pairings

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We love Valentine's Day and are excited to spend it with some of our favorite pairings: HPE ProLiant Gen10 Server + Microsoft Windows Server 2016 . Today we take a moment to look at each edition of Windows Server 2016 and the HPE Gen10 Servers we think pair best with them. 


Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Essentials Edition + HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 
For your customers who are looking for an affordable entry level server and server operating system (OS) the HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10 running Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Essentials edition is a great pairing! The MicroServer Gen10 is a compact and easy-to-use server that can be placed almost anywhere due to its size and quietness. In addition to size and volume, its easy setup and service make it ideal for SMBs.

We think the MicroServer’s ideal OS pairing is Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Essentials edition, a flexible, affordable, and easy to use server OS for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices. This edition of Windows Server 2016 continues to follow the processor-based licensing model of past versions with no CAL requirements and is a great option for customers currently running the Foundation edition, which is not available for Windows Server 2016.


Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition + HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 Server
Do you have customers searching for a tower server and server OS with exceptional value to meet the growing requirements of their SMBs? Pairing the HPE ProLiant ML110 Gen10 Server, an enhanced tower with performance, expansion, and growth (all at an affordable price) with Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard edition is a great solution. The ML110 Gen10 server is a single processor tower form factor that can also be placed in a rack server cabinet using 4.5U or rack space. It includes up to five PCIe slots with room to grow with eight large form factor (LFF) or 16 small form factor (SFF) disk drives.

While Windows Server 2016 Essentials edition follows a processor-based licensing model, the licensing model for Standard edition has changed to a core-based licensing model. Standard edition supports unlimited users/devices (based on Client Access Licenses (CALs)) and supports two Virtual Machines (VMs) when all of the cores in the server have been licensed. For every two additional VMs, all of the cores in the server must be licensed again.   


Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition + HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server
Customers who need a securely designed cloud-ready server solution will appreciate the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 Server paired with Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Datacenter edition. The world's best-selling server just got better with the introduction of the HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen10 server. This server delivers the latest in security, performance, and expandability and comes with a complete set of HPE Technology Services, delivering confidence, reducing risk, and helping customers realize agility and stability.

Windows Server 2016 Datacenter edition is ideal for highly virtualized and software-defined datacenter environments. Not only does Datacenter offer support for more Virtual Machines than Standard edition (Datacenter edition provides the rights for unlimited VMs) there are also several new features that are exclusive to Datacenter edition such as Shielded Virtual Machines, software-defined networking, Storage Spaces Direct, Storage Replica, and more. As with Windows Server 2016 Standard edition, Datacenter edition follows a core based licensing model and includes both Cores + CALs.


Now that you've heard our ideal pairings, we'd love to hear from you! Which HPE ProLiant Gen10 servers do you think pair best with each Microsoft Windows Server 2016 edition? 

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