Microsoft have confirmed the launch Windows Server 2016 in October.
Windows Server 2016 is already available for evaluation since September 26 and will be on the October price list, with Volume licensing customers able to download fully licensed software at General Availability in mid-October.
This could represent a material increase in software spend at point of renewal, or over the next contract term, as hardware is upgraded with more powerful chipsets.
Microsoft have advised customers to complete an inventory and document the number of physical cores in each processor in use, that are licensed with Windows Server to ensure compliance.
Each has its own function, is woken up when it has work to do (eg data to process) and wakes up from time to time to check if there’s anything it needs to do.