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Microsoft Core Infrastructure Server Suite Datacenter 2 Core Licenses

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Prices seen are for a pack of 2 core licenses with Software Assurance for Core Infrastructure Server 2016 Datacenter. For the prices of the Standard Edition: Core Infrastructure Server 2016 Standard.

We offer price breaks for quantities of five or more, so please contact us on this.

For prices for a government agency: Core Infrastructure Server 2016 Datacenter for Government or Core Infrastructure Server 2016 Standard for Government.

For prices for a charity, church or educational organisation: Core Infrastructure Server 2016 Datacenter for Charities, Churches and Education or Core Infrastructure Server 2016 Standard for Charities, Churches and Education.

As there are a wide range of subscription options, please contact us for advice on them.

Please see below for more info on Microsoft Core Infrastructure 2016.

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Components: Core Infrastructure Server (CIS) 2016 Datacenter with Software Assurance consists of:

(i) System Center 2016 Datacenter with Software Assurance

and

(ii) Windows Server 2016 Datacenter with Software Assurance

The licensing model of Core Infrastructure Server 2016 Datacenter is the same one used for System Center 2016 Datacenter with Software Assurance and Windows Server 2016 Datacenter with Software Assurance.

Although you are probably familiar with Windows Server 2016, you may want to look at the information that we have provided on System Center 2016 Datacenter.

For commercial organisations:

Microsoft System Center 2016 Datacenter

Microsoft System Centre 2016 Standard

For educational organisation:

Microsoft System Centre 2016 Datacenter for educational organisations

Microsoft System Centre 2016 Standard for educational organisations

For a charity or church:

Microsoft System Centre 2016 Datacenter for Charities and Churches

Microsoft System Centre 2016 Standard for Charities and Churches

Images on Azure: As long as you have Windows Server License covered with Software Assurance, you may under the Microsoft Azure Hybrid Use Benefit (“HUB”), upload to and use its own Windows Server image on Microsoft Azure.

Nano Server: As long as you have active Software Assurance on your CIS Suite Datacenter License, you may install, use, and manage Nano Server.
 
System Center Configuration Manager Current Branch rights: As long as you have active Software Assurance on CIS Suite Datacenter, you may install and use the Current Branch option of System Center Configuration Manager.
 
Server and Cloud Enrolment (SCE) rights: if you have met the enrolment coverage requirements and are licensed for and using CIS Suite to manage virtual operating system environments (OSEs) in their own data centres, may also use System Center software licensed under the CIS Suite to manage their qualifying Virtual OSEs running within Microsoft Azure.

For every 16 CIS Suite core Licenses or each CIS Suite processor License covered by your SCE, you may manage up to 10 qualifying Virtual OSEs running within Microsoft Azure. 

Qualifying Virtual OSEs include:
    • Windows Server Virtual Machine Instances (including Instances deployed under Azure Hybrid Use Benefit “HUB")
    • Cloud Services instances (Web role and Worker role)
    • Storage Accounts
    • SQL Databases
    • Websites instances

Licensing of Core Infrastructure Server 2016 Standard and Datacenter Editions

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 and Windows Server 2016. As the Core Infrastructure Suite is a very popular way for customers to license Windows Server and System Center together at a discount, its licensing is core-based for Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016.

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 Core Infrastructure Server Suite 2016 has changed, moving from processor-based licensing to core-based licensing.

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 Core Infrastructure Server Suite 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 cost of a processor-based licensing of Core Infrastructure Server Suite.

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 licenses.

Software Assurance

Finally, the licenses come with Software Assurance. You cannot buy the licenses on their own. The licenses 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.

If you would like more information on this, we have an Introduction to Per Core Licensing and Basic Definitions Guide by Microsoft that we can email to you.