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Matchmaker Monday: Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter + HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers


Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter is a complete virtualization platform that delivers a fully isolated, multi-tenant environment. With Datacenter, customers get increased scalability and performance through a high-density, scalable environment that performs optimally as it adapts to changing needs. But, virtualization is not the only benefit customers get from WS2012 R2 Datacenter. Other Windows Server 2012 R2 capabilities include: storage, networking, server management & automation, web & application platform, access & information protection, virtual desktop infrastructure.


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If you read our WS2012 Standard Matchmaker Monday blog, you may recall that the Datacenter and Standard editions are technically identical, with no difference between them with regard to technical capabilities. The difference comes when you look at virtualization rights that are included with the license; two VMs for standard and unlimited for Datacenter.


With Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter customers can scale to run their most important workloads with robust recovery options and achieve value quickly with a wide range of cost-effective, high-performance storage options and simplified delivery of multi-tenant IT services. To give your customers a complete server solution, we suggest pairing Datacenter with either the HP ProLiant ML350 Gen9 server, HP ProLiant DL560 Gen9 server, or HP ProLiant XL170r Gen9 server.


For customers looking to increase business productivity and improve operations (while also balancing employees’ mobility, security, and collaboration needs all within a limited budget) we recommend the HP ProLiant ML350 Gen9 Server. This server leverages Intel’s latest E5-2600 v3 processors to deliver:

  • Performance with unmatched capacity and reliability
  • Availability, expandability, and serviceability—a winning combination
  • Agile infrastructure management for essential administration
  • Energy efficiency by design


If your customers instead need a dense but highly scalable solution for data center application and virtualization needs, we recommend pairing WS2012 R2 Datacenter with the HP ProLiant DL560 Gen9 Server. This high density four socket server supports the latest Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors, offering great processing power along with increased storage capacity, IO bandwidth of up to seven PCIe Gen 3.0 slots, up to 3 TBs of memory, plus the intelligence and simplicity of automated management with HP OneView and HP iLO4.


Finally, the HP Apollo 2000 System offers a very dense solution with up to four independent HP ProLiant XL170r Gen9 hot-pluggable server nodes in a standard 2U chassis. Each server node harnesses the performance of 2133 MHz memory (16 DIMM slots per node) and dual Intel® Xeon® E5-2600 v3 processors in a very efficient solution that shares both power and cooling infrastructure. XL170r Gen9 server nodes are density optimized for traditional datacenters and also provide flexible configuration for a variety of workloads.


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