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Choose to suit their own Windows Server 2012 Product

Post by windowsactivationkey » Sun Dec 01, 2013 11:24 am

Microsoft released Windows Server 2012 to manufacturers in August and made it generally available in September. That means, if you haven't been already, it's time to be thinking about upgrading your server software.
These are the Product available:

Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Product — for highly-virtualized cloud environments.
Windows Server 2012 Standard Product — for lightly virtualized or non-virtualized environments.
Windows Server 2012 Essentials Product — for small businesses with up to 25 users, running on servers with up to two processors.
Windows Server 2012 Foundation Product — for small businesses with up to 15 users, running on single-processor servers.

If your organization has more than 25 users, the question for you likely becomes: Standard or Datacenter edition?

A significant change was introduced by Microsoft with the elimination of the Enterprise edition from the Windows Server 2012 lineup. It is important to note that Windows Server 2008 Enterprise now maps to Windows Server 2012's Standard edition for upgrading.

Previously, the Enterprise edition of Windows Server 2008 and 2003 versions offered a middle ground between Standard and Datacenter that was popular with many large businesses. By eliminating this edition of Windows Server 2012, it is more important than ever to carefully think through the role that the cloud and virtualization will play in your company's IT future.

Key factor: two VMs vs. unlimited VMs
Licensing for both Standard and Datacenter editions is based on Processor + CAL (Client Access License). Pricing is set at $882 for a Standard edition license and $4,809 for a Datacenter edition license. However, you must add in the fact that the virtualization rights for the Standard edition license allow for a maximum of two virtual machines, while the Datacenter edition license allows for an unlimited number of virtual machines. That means that a company with plans to scale their virtualization solution, now or in the future, should seriously consider Windows Server 2012 Datacenter.

In fact, as one blogger recently noted, even a small business may need to have Windows Server 2012 running on more than 10 virtual machines. So if you purchase Standard edition licenses for 11 virtual machines or more, its cost ($5,292 for six licenses) is actually greater than that of one Datacenter edition license.

“It really comes down to this: What is your plan to virtualize?” says Michael Kent, the Zones Partner and Product Marketing (PPM) Manager for Microsoft. “Most every enterprise business is looking at virtualization. How far along are you? How important is scalability to you?”

The Datacenter edition of Windows Server 2012 is the best, most scalable solution for businesses planning to add more and more virtualization to their software and hardware environments, Kent says. In the long run, even small businesses may find the Datacenter edition to be less expensive.

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