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Reduce the Cost and Risk of Microsoft's Windows Server Processor to Core Licensing Change

Published: 04 May 2018

ID: G00352037

Analyst(s): Ben Jepson , Dolores Ianni


When Microsoft released Windows Server 2016 and System Center 2016, the license metric changed from per processor to per core. Through planning and collaboration with server and business teams, sourcing and vendor management leaders can minimize licensing costs and compliance risks.

Table Of Contents
  • Key Challenges



  • S&PVM Leaders Who Don't Prioritize an Accurate, Documented Inventory of Their Servers and Cores Well in Advance of Their Renewal Will Not Receive Excess Core Grants
    • Step 1. Conduct an Internal Software Asset Management Analysis
  • Software Assurance Costs Will Increase by at Least 25% for Servers With More Than 16 Cores per Server
    • Step 2. Identify High-Powered Servers
  • S&PVM Leaders Who Fail to Leverage the Ability to True Up or Step Up Under Per-Processor Options Before Contracts Expire Could Face Increased Costs of Up to 33% for Future Server Purchases
    • Step 3. Risk Mitigation and Cost Optimization
    • Step 4. Negotiate Core Grants in Writing

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