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Windows Server 2012 Foundation & ProLiant Servers Offer an Ideal Pairing




With so many exceptional HP ProLiant servers available, it can be difficult to choose the ideal server to pair with specific server platforms. We want to help make this process a little bit easier for you and your customers! Today, we will be focusing on the Foundation edition of Windows Server 2012, and the two HP ProLiant servers that we feel pair best with this edition: the HP ProLiant MicroServer and the HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 server.


Windows Server 2012 Foundation

Windows Server 2012 Foundation is a full featured 64-bit of Windows Server that enables core IT resources such as file and print sharing, remote access, and security. This edition of Windows Server 2012 supports up to 15 users on one processor and uses per server licensing. This cost effective, general-purpose server provides your customers with a rich set of entry-level capabilities and is only available through OEMs. Foundation is well suited for businesses with some level of in-house IT, with the ability to tailor server roles for their unique environments. WS2012 Foundation will be an efficient, continuously available, manageable server platform for you and your SMB customers.


Once you have concluded that Windows Server 2012 Foundation is the ideal server platform for your customers, it is time to figure out which HP ProLiant server to pair with it. When choosing this important pairing, you must keep in mind the hardware system requirements.


Foundation requires a server with 1 processor, a minimum of 1.4GHz x64 processor, 2 GBs of RAM and a minimum of 32GBs of storage.


HP ProLiant MicroServer

The first HP ProLiant server we recommend pairing with Windows Server 2012 Foundation is the HP ProLiant MicroServer.This server is a general-purpose server that provides a platform to organize and safeguard customers’ business information, allow effective communication, and make the most of existing office equipment and resources.


The HP MicroServer is a cost effective, starter server, for businesses with less than 10 clients and was designed to make adding drivers and peripherals a minimal effort.




The HP ProLiant MicroServer is simple to own and easy to use, giving you server performance at a PC price. This server gives customers proven HP dependability and support and offers 8GB maximum memory, 2DIMM slots max and DDR3 UDIMM memory. The ProLiant MicroServer offers great server performance at an HP ILP starting at $349 US and is an ideal server to pair with Windows Server 2012 Foundation.


HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 server

The HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 server is another great choice to pair with Windows Server 2012 Foundation. This server meets all Foundation hardware requirements and is an ideal entry-level server. The ML310e Gen8 server delivers essential availability, and the flexible options and expansion needed to accommodate changing business needs.


It is ideal for remote sites and corporate branch offices running file/print, web messaging, and small vertical applications or databases. The ML310e Gen8 has ENERGY STAR compliant configurations and is built for efficiency, giving your customers lower energy costs.


Along with lower energy costs, the ML310e Gen8 gives customers continuous data protection with HP SmartMemory, support for 4 UDIMMs with up to 32GB max capacity, and HP ECC memory. The HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 server provides users an affordable and steadfast solution for small and medium sized businesses with a starting HP ILP of $938 US.


If you are looking for the perfect server to pair with Windows Server 2012 Foundation, we suggest you consider the HP ProLiant MicroServer and the HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8.






Learn more about Windows Server 2012 Foundation, the HP ProLiant MicroServer, and the HP ProLiant ML310e Gen8 server.


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