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Windows Server 2016 could cost you more than you think

From CIO

"A few years ago, Microsoft switched from per-processor to per-core licensing in SQL Server, and it's about to do the same with Windows Server 2016. You may not be thrilled with the results.

'Microsoft's auditors likely will have a field day with these new requirements for Windows Server, in the same way that they have used the ever more complex licensing rules for SQL Server to increase the company's audit-based revenue in recent years,' warned Christopher Barnett, an associate attorney with Scott & Scott LLP.

Currently, each Windows Server licence allows for use of the software on up to two physical processors. Beyond the first licence, there's no minimum number that must be purchased per server.

With Windows Server 2016, due later this year, customers will have to purchase licences based on the number of activated processor cores in each server. Licences will be sold in packs covering two cores and customers will be required to purchase enough licences to cover at least eight cores for each physical processor, regardless of how many cores are actually in their server, Barnett said.”

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NCC Weekly News Update 2 February 2016 



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