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Learn Which HP ProLiant Gen8 Servers we Recommend Pairing with Specific Windows Server 2012 Editions


The HP ProLiant Gen8 server family offers users many different options. Remember, not all servers have the same functionality, just like not all customers have the same server needs. It is important to understand your customers’ needs before you can position the proper server solution.


Today we will discuss the HP ProLiant Gen8 server family and will tell you which HP ProLiant Gen8 servers we think work best with specific Windows Server 2012 editions.


The HP ProLiant Gen8 server offering is quite a broad and vast offering. Once you have chosen the best HP ProLiant Gen8 server for your customer, it is important to select the ideal Windows Server 2012 edition to pair with it. Here are some of our recommended Windows Server 2012/HP ProLiant Gen8 server pairings:



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  • Windows Server 2012 Foundation is a cost-effective, general-purpose server for physical computing environments only. It provides a Windows Server experience for up to 15 users, and fits perfectly with entry-level 1 processor platforms like the MicroServer Gen8 or ML310e Gen8 for the tower servers, or the DL320e Gen8 for the rack servers. 
  • Windows Server 2012 Essentials (formerly Windows Small Business Server) is a cloud-connected first server. It is a great choice for small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices, and enables customers to have email in the cloud, run line-of-business applications, or run email on premises. Since this is focused at growing SMBs, it fits perfectly with our ML350e and DL380e Gen8. Both of which include enterprise class management with iLO, and room for expansion with options for things like more hard drives and a second processor, while still keeping limited budgets in mind.
  • Windows Server 2012 Standard is for physical computing or virtualized environments. Windows Server 2012 Standard now provides all of the same features as Windows Server 2012 Datacenter, and includes an additional virtual instance for a total of two virtual instances. It pairs perfectly with all of our enterprise 2P servers, regardless of tower (ML250p), rack (DL360p and DL380p) or blade (BL465c).
  • Windows Server 2012 Datacenter ideal for highly virtualized private and hybrid cloud environments, Windows Server 2012 Datacenter continues to provide unlimited virtualization rights for your customers. There are a variety of enterprise ProLiant servers ranging from 2P rack and blade, like the BL460c and DL360p, to the 4 socket offerings like the BL660c and DL560 Gen8.

Also, we have prepared a Coffee coaching Session with Bobby Baker, the Americas ISS Product Manager, he will go further on this topic.  






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