Windows Server 2016 Standard




Why Windows Server 2016 Standard

Windows Server 2016 Standard is the brand new, cloud-capable server operating system from Microsoft. Networking PCs and managing such networks as well as providing data and web hosting are just some of the tasks server systems can be used for in your business. Windows Server 2016 Standard comes with many new functions and offers, among other things, a new licensing model that is no longer based on processors but on cores. The Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition is suitable for low-density or non-virtualised environments. Therefore, this edition is aimed at companies that exclusively use physical servers or only use a few virtual machines.

Innovations in Windows Server 2016 Standard

  • Increased speed and flexibility through the use of cloud technologies.
  • “Zero-trust security approach to protect the system from current threats.
  • Failover clustering to increase resilience in the event of temporary storage or network failures.
  • New server roles and permissions for secure server system management.
  • Minimal execution in Nano Server without graphical user interface for increased performance and reduced maintenance requirements.
  • Windows containers for rapid application development with maximum flexibility.
  • Stable infrastructure with Windows Server 2016 Standard.

The Windows 10-based server OS Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Standard offers you more stability, security and innovation for your infrastructure and supports you when moving to a cloud environment. The various integrated protection layers ensure the security of your system and all the data it contains. You can also easily set up complex networks and develop your own data centre. However, the Standard Edition does not offer Shielded Virtual Machines, Software Defined Networking (SDN) features and Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica. These functions are only available with the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition.

New licensing model for the first time with Windows Server 2016

With the previous versions, both the Standard and Datacenter licences apply to two physical CPUs each. With the new licensing model, there was a change from per-CPU to per-core licensing. It is assumed that a server has at least 8 cores per processor and a total of at least two processors, i.e. a total of 16 cores. Per server 16 cores are then the minimum, per CPU at least 8 cores must be licensed. Better equipped servers must be upgraded with additional licences. The additional licences are available in steps of 2, 16 and 24 cores each. In addition, it is still necessary to purchase the corresponding User or Device CALs.

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