Increase the reliability and flexibility of your server infrastructure with a choice of Windows Server 2012 R2 editions available for IBM x86 servers. Key features and enhancements span cloud computing, virtualization, networking, storage, automation, user experience and more. And with the Windows Server 2012 R2 simplified licensing experience, it’s easier than ever to determine the right Windows Server edition for your organization—just choose from the editions below.
The Datacenter Edition* offers enterprise-class capabilities for highly-virtualized and private cloud environments, and is available from IBM with support for two physical processors and an unlimited number of virtual operating system instances. Also, you can purchase additional Datacenter licenses in two-CPU increments to accommodate servers with four or more CPUs. Simply purchase the base Datacenter license and the number of additional Datacenter licenses needed to accommodate the number of CPUs in your IBM server.
The Standard Edition* is designed to improve reliability and flexibility of your slightly virtualized or non-virtualized server infrastructure. This edition supports two physical processors and two virtual operating system instances per license. Also, you can purchase additional Standard licenses in two-CPU increments to accommodate servers with four or more CPUs or virtual instances. Simply purchase the base Standard license and the number of additional Standard licenses needed to accommodate the number of CPUs or virtual instances in your IBM server.
The Storage Edition is designed to provide highly available network attached storage (NAS) and NAS gateways and is available from IBM with support for two physical processors. Note that client access licenses (CAL’s) are not required and unlimited external connections are allowed. Also, you can purchase additional licenses in two-CPU increments to accommodate servers with four or more CPUs. Simply purchase the base Windows Storage license and the number of additional Windows Storage licenses needed to accommodate the number of CPUs in your IBM server.
The Essentials and Foundation Editions are designed to run most business applications and provide dependable and affordable Windows Server technology.
*Client Access Licenses for Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard and Datacenter Editions
Windows Server CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server. Customers can purchase Windows Server 2012 CAL's from IBM either for every device (used by any user) accessing their servers, or for every named user accessing their servers (from any device).
Windows Server 2012 R2 does not have CAL's but Windows Server 2012 CAL's work for R2 editions as well as for any earlier editions.
The option to choose between the two types of Windows CALs offers the flexibility to use the licensing that best suits the needs of your organization. For example:
Also, some additional or advanced functionality will continue to require the purchase of an additive CAL. These are CALs that you need in addition to the Windows Server CAL to access functionality, such as Remote Desktop Services. Remote Desktop Services 2012 CALS are also available from IBM.
If you are not ready to upgrade to Windows Server 2012 R2 or 2012, IBM continues to support Windows Server 2008 R2. However, IBM does offer a downgrade kit to Windows Server 2008 R2 so that you can purchase the latest software features of Windows Server 2012 R2 and downgrade if you need to. The Windows Server 2012 downgrade kits include both Media and Activation Keys. When downgrading from Windows Server 2012 R2 to Windows Server 2012 or to Windows Server 2008 R2, the licensing rights of the Windows Server 2012 R2 product is maintained.
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Datacenter Edition supports one, two or four CPUs and includes five client access licenses and an unlimited number of virtual operating system instances.
Enterprise Edition can be purchased with 10 or 25 client access licenses and supports up to eight CPUs with four operating system instances.
Standard Edition supports up to four CPUs and includes five client access licenses and one virtual operating system instance.
Foundation Edition is designed to run most business applications and provides dependable and affordable technology for IBM uniprocessor servers.
Windows Small Business Server is a solution that helps small and mid-sized businesses easily maximize productivity and increase efficiency.
High-availability reference architectures:
General server virtualization with Hyper-V:
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