Prices seen are for a pack of 2 core licenses with Software Assurance for System Center 2016 Standard for Educational Organisations. For the Datacenter edition please go to Microsoft System Centre 2016 Datacenter for educational organisations.
We offer price breaks for quantities of five or more, so please contact us for these.
For prices for a charity or church, please go to: Microsoft System Centre 2016 Datacenter for Charities and Churches or Microsoft System Centre 2016 Standard for Charities and Churches.
Because there are a wide range of subscription options, please contact us for advice on them.
Please see below for more information on Microsoft System Center 2016 and its licensing.
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Today’s organisations are adopting hybrid cloud to extend their IT infrastructure for better flexibility and scalability. If you are looking for a comprehensive infrastructure management solution that can bring you these benefits, including shared resources as well as the elasticity to scale up and down on-demand to meet changing business needs, then read on.
By transforming a traditional datacenter to a private cloud, you can be more agile and manage resources more effectively. You can also extend your datacenter to the public cloud through a hybrid cloud model. A Microsoft hybrid cloud lets you easily move workloads from your datacenter to Microsoft Azure or a hosting service provider’s datacenter, while still maintaining a complete view of the infrastructure. You can build hybrid applications that leverage both on-premises and cloud resources. And you can take advantage of storage, backup, and recovery options with increased efficiency and reduced cost.
Microsoft System Center 2016 includes the following:
Configuration Manager enables you to manage PCs, servers and mobile devices, like iPhones and Android devices with on-premises and cloud-based infrastructure.
Data Protection Manager
Data Protection Manager (DPM) is a robust enterprise backup and recovery system that contributes to your Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery (BCDR) strategy by facilitating the backup and recovery of enterprise data.
Operations Manager monitors services, devices, and operations for many computers from a single console. With Operations Manager you can check the health, performance, and availability for all monitored objects in your environment, and identify problems for rapid resolution.
Orchestrator is a workflow management solution for the data center. With Orchestrator you can automate the creation, monitoring, and deployment of resources in your environment.
Service Manager provides an integrated platform for automating and adapting your organization's IT service management best practices, such as those found in Microsoft Operations Framework (MOF) and Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL). It provides built-in processes for incident and problem resolution, change control, and asset lifecycle management.
Service Management Automation
Service Management Automation is an IT process automation solution for Windows Azure Pack for Windows Server. It enables you to automate the creation, monitoring, and deployment of resources in your Windows Azure Pack environment.
Service Provider Foundation
As a service provider you can use SPF to offer infrastructure as a service (IaaS) to your clients. Your clients can request IaaS resources managed by Virtual Machine Manager through your front-end portal.
Virtual Machine Manager
Virtual Machine Manager (VMM) provides a unified management experience across on-premises, service provider, and the Azure cloud. With VMM you can configure and manage your datacenter components as a single fabric. VMM provisions and manages the resources needed to create and deploy virtual machines and services to private clouds.
You can find out more on each of the above by going to: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/system-center/#pivot=components&panel=components-all
Datacenter Edition: for managing highly virtualized servers.
Standard Edition: for managing non-virtualized or lightly virtualized servers.
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Standard Edition licensing permits management of up to 2 operating system environments (OSE). Multiple Standard Edition licenses can be assigned to the server under management to increase the number of OSEs to be managed.
These organisations are eligible for the discounted prices.
The Department for Education
I have tried to make this as straightforward as possible. Even so, you might want to grab a cup of coffee to keep you going while reading this.
Microsoft's licensing strategy
Microsoft is now basing their server licensing strategy around cloud requirements, and this includes System Center 2016.
The System Center 2016 licensing model for Standard and Datacenter are the same as 2012 R2 with server and client management licenses. As with System Center 2012 R2, the 2016 editions are differentiated by virtualization rights only. Licenses are required only for the endpoints being managed. No additional licenses are needed for the management server or SQL Server runtime.
Per core licensing replaces per processor licensing
The server management licenses give organisations the right to run the software on a physical server. The server management licensing of System Center 2016 has changed, moving from processor-based licensing to core-based licensing. The core based licensing aligns with the Windows Server 2016 model to provide a consistent licensing metric for managed VMs.
Why the change? To support the Hybrid cloud. Microsoft says, "Core based licensing provides a more consistent licensing metric regardless of where the solution is deployed on-premises or in a cloud."
In the case of System Center 2016, each processor will be licensed with a minimum of 8 cores and each physical server will be required to be licensed with at least 2 processors. This adds up to a minimum of 16 cores. The core licenses will be sold in packs of two or in packs of sixteen.
In other words, if your physical server has 16 cores, you could buy 8 x packs of 2 core licenses or 1 x pack of 16 cores licenses. Either way you would end up with 16 x core licenses. And, either way, you would meet the minimum order requirement.
Even if your server happens to have 8 cores, your first order has to be for a minimum order of 16 cores.
What about the price? Well, although you are now buying more licenses for a physical server, Microsoft has reduced the price of individual license so that the final cost works out about the same as the processor-based licensing of System Center 2012 R2.
However, if your server happens to have more than 16 cores you can buy additional core licenses, usually in packs of 2 core licenses.
To illustrate this, let's say your server has a Xeon processor with 24 cores. You would buy 12 x packs of 2 core licenes.
Finally, the licenses come with Software Assurance. You cannot buy the licenses on their own. The licenes being offered on this page are perpetual licenses. They are not subscription licenses. So when the Software Assurance comes to an end, the licenses will continue. You can then purchase further Software Assurance.
All System Center 2016 server management licenses with active Software Assurance qualify for License Mobility through the Software Assurance benefits. Server management licenss can be assigned to manage Operating System Environments (OSEs) running in public cloud infrastructure.
Software Assurance on a Standard Edition license permits management of 2 OSEs.
Software Assurance on a Datacenter Edition licenses permits management of 10 OSEs in the cloud.
Licenses for 16 physical cores will be required for the license mobility Software Assurance benefit.
Please contact us for any questions on this. Also if you are looking for additional core licenses or Software Assurance for Microsoft System Center 2016 or want to know about the price breaks.