Matchmaker Series: HPE & Microsoft– Part 4: Windows Server 2016 Essentials & ProLiant Servers

For small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices, HPE OEM Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Essentials edition is a great option to pair with HPE Servers. Before we look at our server pairing recommendations, let's recap a bit about the Windows Server 2016 Essentials edition.


Windows Server 2016 is the cloud-ready operating system that supports customer workloads while introducing new technologies that make it easy for customers to transition to cloud computing when they are ready. While Windows Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter editions changed to a core-based licensing mode, Essentials edition remains with the processor based model of previous versions where one license covers one server with up to 2 processors and Server CALs are not required.


Learn more about Windows Server 2016 Essentials from our last blog, “HPE OEM Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Essentials Now Available!”


HPE OEM Microsoft Windows Server 2016 on HPE Servers

Pairing HPE OEM Microsoft Windows Server 2016 with HPE Servers gives your clients added peace-of-mind, as HPE has certified Windows Server 2016 for most HPE ProLiant Gen9 Servers, select HPE ProLiant Gen8 Servers, and other HPE Server families. To ensure customers purchase the right HPE ProLiant Server with the right Microsoft Windows Server editions, HPE developed the HPE OEM Microsoft Reseller Option Kit (ROK) that delivers value pricing, flexible choices, one-stop ordering, and single source support through reseller partners. These options allow customers be more productive, achieve more with their investment, and keep their businesses running smoothly.


Depending on your clients’ needs, there are several HPE Servers that we think pair well with HPE OEM Windows Server 2016 Essentials edition.


HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen8MicroServer Gen8.pngFor those clients looking to build an affordable first server environment, HPE ProLiant MicroServer + Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Essentials is a great pairing. The HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen8 is a small, quiet, and stylishly designed first server solution for small business. With a form factor that is easy-to-use and service, it helps SMBs drive down their expenses while improving productivity, efficiency, and security.


HPE ProLiant ML10 Gen9 ML10 Gen9.png

If you have clients searching for an entry-level server solution with performance and reliability for valuable data, the HPE ProLiant ML10 Gen9 Server/HPE OEM Microsoft Windows Server 2016 combo provides server level performance in a quiet, compact size. The expandability helps to deliver the required workloads while the performance will decrease potential data loss.


HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9ML30 Gen9.pngCoupling the HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 server with HPE OEM Microsoft Windows Server 2016 gives your clients the essential availability and expansion needed to accommodate changing business needs. The HPE ProLiant ML30 Gen9 Server is an affordable single-socket tower server that features value performance, expansion, and growth that is ideal for small businesses and remote branch offices.


HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen9 ServerDL20 Gen9.pngLast, but certainly not least, the HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen9 Server + HPE OEM Microsoft Windows Server 2016 pairing gives your clients a compact 1U server solution that works in a variety of environments. The dense and compact HPE ProLiant DL20 Gen9 server’s Intel® Pentium®, Core i3 and E3-1200 v5/v6 processors provides a unique blend of enterprise-class capabilities at a great value—making it an ideal rack server platform for growing businesses and service providers.


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