Details No matter where you want to take your organization, get there with Microsoft Windows Server —bringing the innovation behind the world's largest cloud datacenter to yours. Microsoft Windows Server Datacenter is designed for highly virtualized datacenter and cloud environments. Datacenter Edition provides rights for an unlimited number of OSEs or Hyper-V containers when all physical cores in the server are licensed. What's New with Microsoft Windows Server Hybrid capabilities with Azure - Extend your datacenter to Azure to maximize your investments and gain new hybrid capabilities. Advanced multilayer security - Elevate your security posture by protecting the datacenter, starting with the operating system. Faster innovation for applications - Enable the creation of cloud-native apps, and modernize traditional apps using containers and microservices. Unprecedented hyper-converged infrastructure - Evolve your datacenter infrastructure to achieve greater efficiency and security. Strengthen your security—starting at the operating system Help prevent malicious attacks and detect suspicious activity where it matters: Rely on security features built into Microsoft Windows Server to control privileged access, protect virtual machines, and harden the platform against emerging threats. Be more efficient with a software-defined datacenter Bring flexibility and control to your datacenter while lowering costs with software-defined compute, storage, and networking.
The two editions have identical features, but they differ in the number of virtual instances of the server software you are allowed to run. The Standard edition is designed for small-to-medium-sized organizations that need no more than two instances of the server software in a virtual operating system. The Datacenter edition is optimized for large-scale virtualization; its license allows one server to run an unlimited number of Windows Server instances.
How many licenses do I need? Use the following equation: Please note that a minimum of 8 licenses is required.
Windows Server 2019 Standard vs. Datacenter Licensing on HPE ProLiant Gen10 Servers [CCEN]