Getting to the core of Microsoft’s new licensing model

Navigating the move from per-processor to per-core licensing

new-microsoft-logoWith the arrival of Windows Server 2016, customers can soon be running a cloud optimized operating system that supports current workloads, and offers new technologies to simplify the transition to cloud computing.

In addition to the many networking, compute and storage advances included in Windows Server 2016, Microsoft is also transitioning from per-processor to per-core licensing.

Moving Windows Server and Microsoft System Center 2016 to per-core licensing aligns the servers to a common and consistent licensing denomination that is already a standard measure for capacity across environments: cores. This also brings Windows Server into alignment with the per-core licensing model that applies to Microsoft’s SQL Server 2016 and Azure products.

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Windows Server 2016 brings significant changes to licensing

WinServer 2012 logoIf Software Assurance (SA) hadn’t already brought customers savings as Microsoft software and technology advanced, the implications on licensing costs coming with the release of Windows Server 2016 will save those with SA quite a bit.

Windows Server 2016 “Technical Preview 5” was released at the end of April, with speculation that the latest version of Windows Server will be available to the general population in the third quarter of the year. However, it is important that IT departments begin planning for Windows Server 2016, regardless of whether or not they plan on upgrading this year. IT departments should start planning now, because the way Windows Server 2016 is licensed is becoming more complex and may increase costs for your organization, depending on whether or not you have SA.

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Lenovo System x and ThinkServer

Because the server you choose affects your Windows Server migration

LenovoServer support for Microsoft WinServer 2003 R2 ends next month. After July 14, 2015, security patches for Windows Server 2003 R2 will no longer be available, and your outdated servers will be vulnerable to malware and intrusions.

If you are still running Windows Server 2003 R2 anywhere in your organization, you need to act now.

Replacing your outdated infrastructure is essential for compliance-dependent business continuity. And updating your servers is cost-efficient, since aging infrastructures are more expensive to maintain. Lenovo’s modern infrastructure can support the growing demands of modern apps, as well as remote and mobile users.

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Explore the best destination for your migration

Windows Server 2003 End of Support: July 14, 2015

By now, your strategy for migrating away from Windows Server/R2 2003 should be well underway.

You’ve completed a comprehensive discovery of the software and workloads running in your current environment; assessed and organized each by type, criticality, complexity and risk; and identified the optimal destinations for all of your applications and workloads in the new environment.

The only thing left is to pull the trigger and migrate. Right?

If your organization isn’t feeling quite that organized, don’t panic. While time is running short to execute a successful migration before support for Windows Server 2003 ends, the Zones migration services team can help get all the benefits Windows Server 2012 R2:

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Next-generation servers to complement next-generation Windows Server environments

Explore the best destination for your migration

WinServer Dell HPBy now, your strategy for migrating away from Windows Server/R2 2003 should be well underway.

You’ve completed a comprehensive discovery of the software and workloads running in your current environment; assessed and organized each by type, criticality, complexity and risk; and identified the optimal destinations for all of your applications and workloads in the new environment.

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Avoid the risk and expense of maintaining an obsolete data center

WinServer 2012 logoIt’s time to implement your
Windows Server migration plan

After 12 long years, Microsoft will end all support for Windows Server 2003 on July 14, 2015.

Any organization running Windows Server 2003 after End-of-Support (EOS) will face a big ongoing maintenance expense; one that will quickly exceed what you might spend to migrate to Windows Server 2012 R2 – and that includes the cost of required hardware upgrades for those still running Windows Server 2003 on x86 servers.

You’ll also be at risk of failing to meet regulatory and industry compliance standards, which could cost you business.

The upside of all this is that your organization is about to make a big leap forward in IT. It’s an event that will transform your datacenter, and could open up a whole new world for your business.

The Microsoft team at Zones can help you make the leap to a modern data center that can easily extend beyond on-premises resources to leverage cloud resources. Ask your Zones account executive for a full briefing on our complete discovery, assessment, targeting, and migration services that can help get your data center up to speed before the July 14 deadline. Continue reading

Streamline Windows Server 2003 migration

Migration Gree-lightEffective July 14, 2015, Windows Server 2003 will no longer be supported outside of custom service contracts, which are prohibitively expensive. Zones can help you navigate your transition to a modern data center.

Estimates for migrating the typical Windows Server 2003 R2 environment to Windows Server 2012 R2 range from four to 12 months or more, leaving most organizations with little time to spare. It’s no exaggeration that you’re facing a very tight timetable to beat the July 14 deadline if you don’t define it and commit to it now.

Zones can help you streamline every phase of your move away from Windows Server 2003. The solution architects, systems engineers and cloud specialists at Zones Advanced Solutions Group will help you move your data center forward in the most efficient and effective way for your specific business and infrastructure. By leveraging our enterprise-class assessment, planning and migration services, you’ll come away with a robust, best-practice and scalable solution.

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