Why Windows Server 2016 Standard?
Windows Server 2016 Standard is the brand-new, cloud-capable server operating system from Microsoft. The networking of PCs and the management of such networks as well as the provision of data and web hosting are just some of the tasks for which server systems can be used in your company. Windows Server 2016 Standard comes with many new features and offers, among other things, a new licensing model, which is now no longer measured by processors, but by cores. Windows Server 2016 Standard Edition is suitable for low-density or non-virtualized environments. Therefore, this edition is aimed at companies that exclusively use physical servers or only use a few virtual machines.
What’s new in Windows Server 2016 Standard
- Increased speed and flexibility by leveraging cloud technologies.
- “Zero-trust” security approach to protect the system from current threats.
- Failover clustering to increase resilience during temporary storage or network outages.
- New server roles and privileges for secure management of the server system.
- 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.
Many new features!
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 layers of protection ensure that your system and all the data it contains are secure. You can also easily set up complex networks and develop your own data center. However, the Standard Edition does not offer Shielded Virtual Machines, Software Defined Networking (SDN) features and Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica. These features are only available with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter Edition.
New licensing model first introduced with Windows Server 2016
With previous versions, both the Standard and Datacenter licenses 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 is then the minimum, per CPU at least 8 cores must be licensed. Better equipped servers must be upgraded with additional licenses. The additional licenses are available in steps of 2, 16 and 24 cores each. In addition, it is still necessary to purchase the corresponding User or Device CAL’s.