Matchmaker Series: HPE & Microsoft–Part 3: Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition & ProLiant Servers

Last week's blog. “Matchmaker Series part 2” took a look at HPE ProLiant Server pairings for Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard edition. Today, we continue with our Matchmaker series and will look at a few servers we think pair best with the Datacenter edition of Windows Server 2016. 


Windows Server 2016 is the cloud-ready operating system that supports your customers’ workloads while introducing new technologies that make it easy for customers to transition to cloud computing when they are ready. While Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter were only differentiated by virtual instances (Datacenter was Unlimited while Standard had 2 virtual instances per license) this is not the only differentiation between Standard and Datacenter for Windows Server 2016.


New features exclusive to Datacenter edition include Shielded Virtual Machines, software-defined networking, Storage Spaces Direct, and Storage Replica, to name a few. As with Standard edition, the business model for Datacenter edition transitioned from processor-based to core-based licensing with Windows Server 2016 and includes both Cores + Client Access Licenses (CALs). To learn more about core-based licensing, read our blog, “Microsoft Windows Server 2016's core-based licensing explained”.


There are many reasons customers will come to you, their trusted HPE reseller, to purchase their new HPE Server and Microsoft Windows Server Datacenter license. Not only does HPE offer several servers that pair excellently with Windows Server Datacenter, but the HPE OEM Microsoft Windows Server licensing also offers them many benefits including:

  • Cost- HPE OEM Windows Server 2016 licenses are the simplest, most cost-effective licensing option for many small and midsize businesses
  • Performance- HPE OEM Windows Server 2016 licenses are tested, tuned, and certified with ProLiant hardware
  • Support- Hewlett Packard Enterprise offers 90 days of installation support for HPE OEM Microsoft Windows Server 2016 so there is only one number to call of server and server operating system support
  • Reassignment rights- HPE OEM Windows Server 2016 offers SKUs that include licenses reassignment rights to other servers (Datacenter edition with reassignment rights and Standard Additional licenses only)


Now that you know some of the perks of HPE OEM Windows Server 2016, let's take a look at the HPE ProLiant Servers we think pair best specifically with the Datacenter edition.

ML350 Gen9 Server.JPGThe HPE ProLiant ML350 Gen9 Server delivers a class-leading combination of performance, expandability, manageability, reliability, and serviceability making it the choice for enterprise data centers, expanding SMBs and remote offices of larger businesses.



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The HPE ProLiant DL360 Gen9 Server delivers a 1U chassis with up to two processors, delivering an optimal unit that combines high-performance, low energy consumption, improved uptime, and increased density.



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The HPE ProLiant DL380 Gen9 Server delivers the latest performance and expandability. Reliability, serviceability, and near continuous availability, backed by a comprehensive warranty, makes it ideal for any server environment.



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The HPE ProLiant DL560 Gen9 Server is a high-density four-socket (4S) server with balanced performance, increased scalability and reliability, all in a 2U chassis.



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The HPE ProLiant DL580 Gen9 Server is the 4S enterprise standard x86 server offering commanding performance, rock-solid reliability and availability, and compelling consolidation and virtualization efficiencies.


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