Freebies with Microsoft Windows 2012 Virtualization Rights
It’s very rare the Microsoft gives you software for free. However, if you’re considering a server virtualization project and are looking to reduce costs, keep Windows 2012 Server R2 in mind. It’s called virtualization rights and when you purchase a Windows 2012 R2 Standard Edition Server and run Windows in the physical OSE, Microsoft will give you two additional instances of Server free of charge.
If your virtual server deployment is on the larger side, consider Windows 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition. While Datacenter edition can be pricey, the value here is that with Windows running in the physical OSE, you get an unlimited quantity of virtual Windows guests. Think of it as all of the Windows your hardware platform can handle, for one flat fee. If you do the math, the break point comes in at around 10 virtual servers.
If you’re running VMWare on the Physical host you’re outta luck. In this scenario Microsoft will require a valid server license for each instance of a virtual machine. So, if you’re a VMWare loyalist and looking to save a few bucks on your next upgrade, give Microsoft virtualization technology a try. It’s fast, stable and can now do everything that VMware can do with some freebies to boot.