Back in early December Microsoft announced the packaging, pricing and licensing changes for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016 Standard and Datacenter Editions. We wanted to share this information with you well in advance of these changes going into effect in Q3 so we can work together with you on your Windows Server 2016 needs.
With the 2016 release, Microsoft is changing the Windows Server and System Center license model from processors to physical cores. The change to physical cores aligns private and public cloud licensing to a consistent currency of cores that simplifies licensing of hybrid use cases. The core based licensing model will become effective when the products are released in Q3. Licenses for servers with 8 cores or less per processor will be the same prices as the 2012 R2 two-processor license price. Customers with processor licenses with Software Assurance (SA) can upgrade to the 2016 version. At the end of the SA term, the 2 processor licenses will be exchanged for a minimum of 16 core licenses and customers can renew their SA on the core licenses.
Please contact us with any questions you have about these changes, we would be happy to work with you to make the transition as smooth as possible.
In addition, you can find more information on Windows Server 2016 on the following links: