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Pricing and licensing for Windows Server 2016

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Pricing and licensing overview

To give you a more consistent licensing experience across multi-cloud environments, we’re transitioning from processor-based licensing to core-based licensing with Windows Server 2016 Datacenter and Standard editions. For specific pricing, contact your Microsoft reseller.

Windows Server 2016 edition Ideal forLicensing modelCAL requirements*Pricing Open NL ERP (US$)***

Datacenter**

Highly virtualized and software-defined datacenter environmentsCore-basedWindows Server CAL$6,155

Standard**

Low density or non-virtualized environmentsCore-basedWindows Server CAL$882

Essentials

Small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devicesSpecialty servers (server license)No CAL required$501
Windows Server 2016 edition

Datacenter**

Ideal for
Highly virtualized and software-defined datacenter environments
Licensing model
Core-based
CAL requirements*
Windows Server CAL
Pricing Open NL ERP (US$)***
$6,155
Windows Server 2016 edition

Standard**

Ideal for
Low density or non-virtualized environments
Licensing model
Core-based
CAL requirements*
Windows Server CAL
Pricing Open NL ERP (US$)***
$882
Windows Server 2016 edition

Essentials

Ideal for
Small businesses with up to 25 users and 50 devices
Licensing model
Specialty servers (server license)
CAL requirements*
No CAL required
Pricing Open NL ERP (US$)***
$501
Windows Server 2016 edition
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*CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server. See the Product Use Rights for details.

**Datacenter and Standard edition pricing is for 16 core licenses.

***Pricing is shown in USD and may vary from country to country. Please contact your Microsoft representative for a quote.

Windows Server 2016 feature differentiation

FeatureDatacenterStandard

Core functionality of Windows Server

Dot.Dot.

OSEs / Windows Server containers with Hyper-V isolation

Unlimited2

Windows Server containers without Hyper-V isolation

UnlimitedUnlimited

Host Guardian Service

Dot.Dot.

Nano Server*

Dot.Dot.

Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica

Dot.

Shielded Virtual Machines

Dot.

Networking stack

Dot.
Feature

Core functionality of Windows Server

Datacenter
Dot.
Standard
Dot.
Feature

OSEs / Windows Server containers with Hyper-V isolation

Datacenter
Unlimited
Standard
2
Feature

Windows Server containers without Hyper-V isolation

Datacenter
Unlimited
Standard
Unlimited
Feature

Host Guardian Service

Datacenter
Dot.
Standard
Dot.
Feature

Nano Server*

Datacenter
Dot.
Standard
Dot.
Feature

Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica

Datacenter
Dot.
Standard
Feature

Shielded Virtual Machines

Datacenter
Dot.
Standard
Feature

Networking stack

Datacenter
Dot.
Standard
Feature
Datacenter
Standard
Feature
Datacenter
Standard
Feature
Datacenter
Standard
Feature
Datacenter
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Datacenter
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Datacenter
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Datacenter
Standard
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Datacenter
Standard
Feature
Datacenter
Standard
Feature
Datacenter
Standard
Feature
Datacenter
Standard

*Software Assurance is required to deploy and operate Nano Server in production.

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