Right Sizing Your Windows Server Environment

Right Sizing Your Windows Server Environment

Did you know that Windows Server is one of the most mislicensed products under SPLA?

This can lead to unnecessary audits and expenses that no one wants to deal with.

We all know that Microsoft introduced a new licensing model for Windows Server 2016 when they changed the model from Processor to Core. As we wrote in our July article, the biggest concern was that if you were running more than 8 cores per instance (the minimum required) you would have to license the additional cores when you upgraded to Windows Server 2016 or when your SPLA contract renewed.

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5 Killer Features of Windows Server 2016

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Since its initial technical previous two years ago and subsequent public beta, IT professionals have anxiously awaited the release of Windows Server 2016. Well, the time has come. This week, Microsoft released the latest iteration of its server operating system at its Ignite conference in Atlanta.
We’ve taken a good look at what’s been announced and what’s been showcased in the five public beta versions of Windows 2016, and here are five new-and-improved, never-before-seen features of the OS worth taking an even closer look at while evaluating an upgrade: shielded virtual machines, Nano Server, Windows Server 2016 Hyper-V , enhancements to Windows server storage, and licensing improvements.

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Windows Server 2016 Licensing Changes – Plan Accordingly!

Windows Server 2016 Licensing Changes

Windows Server 2016 Licensing Changes coming this September. Get ready.

With the upcoming release of Windows Server 2016 at the end of September, Microsoft is promising a lot, and if they deliver, this could be a game changer for you and your clients. The Softchoice SPLA team is here to simplify the licensing complexities and ensure you’re ideally positioned for future growth.

I encourage you to review the features I’ve attached in this blog post, but at a very high level, Windows Server 2016 boils down to this:

  • Increased cloud integration
  • Better security
  • Additional features in the Datacenter edition

Download Windows Server 2016 Feature Comparison

Download Windows Server 2016 Datasheet

Windows Server 2016 only available through core-based licensing

The biggest difference for the hosting world is that Windows Server 2016 will only be available through core-based licensing, with a minimum of 8-cores per processor. At the moment, the cost of 8-cores is expected to be identical to the cost of a single processor license, so anyone running 8 cores or less should not see a difference when moving to 2016. Anyone running more than 8 cores per processor will have to license those extra cores for an added cost when moving to 2016.

Important: When Windows Server 2016 comes out, all Windows Server editions will also move to core-based licensing, but Microsoft will allow you to continue reporting processors until the end of your agreement for all editions except 2016.

Very Important: Do you meet the following criteria?

  • Host Windows Server
  • Run more than 8 cores per processor
  • No immediate plans to upgrade to 2016
  • Your SPLA contract expires soon

If so, then you should renew your SPLA contract before the September release to protect yourself for 3 years and continue reporting processors.

The Softchoice SPLA Team is here to help you make sense of licensing in order to stay compliant and profitable. We give you the ability to report licenses through our unique online portal, which are then reviewed before being sent to Microsoft for processing. Our TechCheck teams can also arrange SPLA-specific assessments to help you gain a better understanding of your hosting environment.

If you have any questions about Windows Server or the SPLA program, let us know!

Click here if you want to learn more about other SPLA licensing changes.

 

How to Make the Most of the SPLA Price Increase

How to Make the Most of the SPLA Price Increase?

Hosting companies should now be aware of the double-digit price increase that will be hitting SPLA in 2014.

PRODUCT NAME Estimated %
price increase
Windows Server
Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter* 45%
Core Infrastructure Server Suite Datacenter 30%
Windows Server 2012 R2 Remote Desktop Services 27%
System Center
System Center 2012 R2 Client Management Suite 55%
System Center 2012 R2 Configuration Manager 55%
Dynamics
Dynamics CRM 2013 Basic 40%
Dynamics CRM 2013 Professional 30%
Dynamics GP 2013 Full User SAL 15%
Dynamics NAV 2013 Full User SAL 15%
Dynamics SL 2011 AM Full User SAL 45%
Dynamics SL 2011 AM Light User SAL 27%
Dynamics SL 2011 AM ESS User SAL 145%

 

How to make the most of the Price Increase? VIRTUALIZE – the greatest increase comes with the Data center license, as the license will accommodate unlimited virtual machines whereas before it was limited to four. There will be minimal increase to the standard edition in 2014. The remote Desktop Services Subscriber Access License will become just under thirty percent more in 2014.

The other major increase comes with selected Dynamics Sku’s, a revamp in CRM now brings Professional, Basic, and Essential users. For a complete summary please check the SPUR, or refer to this CRM Online article.