Windows Server 2016 moving from a processor to core model
With the Windows Server 2016 release, Microsoft is removing processor licenses and adding core licenses to the SPUR. Previously, SPLA partners had to report each physical processor on each host. With the new licensing change, you must license each physical core (requires a minimum of 8 cores per processor).
Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016
Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 licensing model has changed from per processor to per core.
Why it’s important
The 2016 release will add value in software-defined infrastructure, cloud app development and storage and networking solutions. Highlights include:
- New Azure-inspired storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
- New Azure-inspired networking stack
- Nano Server
- New Shielded Virtual Machines and Host Guardian Service
The move from processor licensing to core licensing might have a cost impact for some service providers. However, the SPLA program allows a sizeable transition period. If you continue to run prior versions (2012 R2 and prior), standard SPLA rules mean you can keep using the old licensing model and reporting the per processor licenses until the end of your SPLA. Alternatively, if you choose to upgrade to the latest version right away, you will move to core licensing for the servers running 2016.
Core Infrastructure Suite (a popular way to license both Windows Server and System Center at a discount) is also core-based after the launch of Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.
Key licensing changes:
- For Windows Server, System Center and Core Infrastructure Server (CIS) Suite, the per processor license model is replaced by a per core license model
- Cloud Platform Suite has remained as it is, with the same restrictions, and may only be used for the 2012 version software; it does not include Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.
- Core licenses will be sold in packs of 2 cores (Similar to SQL)
- Each physical processor will need a minimum of 8 core licenses.
- The price of 8 core licenses is expected to mirror the price of 1 processor license.
- Both the Standard and Datacenter editions of Windows Server will provide support for unlimited Windows Server containers.
- Windows Server Standard Edition will require all physical cores to be licensed in order to run 1 Windows Hyper-V container (or Virtual Machine).
- Windows Server Datacenter Edition will require all physical cores to be licensed in order to run unlimited Windows Hyper-V containers (or Virtual Machines).
SPLA reseller price for 1 processor license = SPLA reseller price for 8 core licenses.
*Indicative pricing, subject to change
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