Meet guest blogger Steven Bark. Steven is the Americas Product Manager for Microsoft OEM OS with HP.
Today we are going to talk about HP’s OEM operating system offerings for virtual environments. HP offers a couple of HP Branded OEM operating systems that help ensure that each server is properly licensed no matter how many virtual machines are deployed in the virtual environment and how dynamic that virtual environment is.
For this to happen, the HP ProLiant server must have a valid virtual machine license instance for each operating system that lands on it. This makes the virtual environment dynamic, not the physical environment. This having been said, the lower cost of an OEM license is a cost effective way to ensure proper virtual machine licensing for all your HP ProLiant servers.
We’ll discuss first the HP OEM OS – Microsoft Windows Server Datacenter Edition.
This features unlimited virtual machine license instances of Microsoft Windows Server. No matter how many virtual instances of Windows server end up on a server, there will be a valid license instance with no extra charges or virtual machine licenses to purchase.
If your customer requires downgrading any version you can help him by using the downgrade rights that come with Microsoft Windows Server Datacenter Edition. They can:
- Downgrade to previous versions such as Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2003 R2.
- Or downgrade editions, for example downgrade Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter Edition to Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise or Standard editions.
Each HP Branded OEM Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter edition kit comes licensed for 2 processor sockets and includes unlimited virtual machine license instances of Windows Server. All of this for about half the price of the open license cost. This is also less than purchasing OEM Enterprise Editions and adding the sixth virtual machine license. Consider that extra OEM Datacenter kits can be added should your customer require to cover 4 or 8 Processor HP ProLiant servers.
Microsoft Windows Server Datacenter Editions, is the lowest cost way for ensuring proper virtual machine licensing on every HP ProLiant server in a virtual environment, no matter if you are using Microsoft Hyper-V or VMWare.
The next HP OEM OS ideal for virtual environment is – SUSE Linux Enterprise Server (SLES) from Novell.
This option is ideal for customers who need to run a mixed OS environment, and it’s a great solution to run in conjunction with Microsoft Windows Server Datacenter Edition.
SLES is the only popular “paid” Linux offering that’s sold on a per-server or per-blade-enclosure basis with no premium fees charged for virtualized server deployments. This approach, compared to other virtualized Linux OS combinations, can be translated into significant savings on 2 and 4 processor HP ProLiant servers. If your customer is using an 8 processor system, the savings can be more dramatic, since that server might support hundreds of virtualized servers (VMs).
SLES is available for HP ProLiant servers virtualized for Microsoft Hyper-V. In addition it’s certified to run with over 5000 ISV applications and components, so it’s probable that your tools will run flawlessly on SLES.
HP offers SUSE Linux Enterprise Server subscriptions with HP-branded telephone support, ranging from 9x5 to 24x7 and durations of 1-5 years. For more information about HP offerings is available on the www.hp.com/go/ws08r2 or www.hp.com/go/suselinux. If this information has been helpful, please join the Coffee Coaching community and follow us on our blog, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or LinkedIn.