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Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter - Unlimited CALs

Choose Windows Server 2008 R2, a robust operating system for crucial virtualization requirements. Make cloud computing easy with cutting-edge technology.

Enhanced Security with Windows Server 2008 R2

Allows the administrator to install specific hot patches without needing a system reboot.

  • Better Storage of Company Files and Data

    Have better control your server that lets you host websites for one or many individuals (or companies). Also, it provides a flexible way to keep company files and data.

  • Safeguard from security threats

    Windows Server 2008 R2 assists in safeguarding against security threats with its advanced safety features to protect your system and data.

  • Virtualize Better with Hyper-V

    Support your private and or public cloud with Hyper-V. It is the most advanced, competitive, and powerful solution for your virtualization needs.

  • server virtualization

  • server storage

  • software-defined networking

  • web application platforms

  • server management

  • server automation

  • information protection

  • virtual desktops


Cloud-efficient operating system

Windows Server 2008 R2 comes with cloud-efficient features that provide better security, manageability, and visibility. It aids developers in converting traditional apps into modern cloud-efficient structures. Improve your daily work and the efficiency of the business with this advanced server. So work faster with fewer crashes and bring greater efficiency to your corporations.


Key Features

Windows Server 2008 R2 licensing remains consistent with Windows Server 2003 R2, with a few enhancements. It comes with many improvements to meet the needs of current business dynamics.

Improvements in Remote Desktop Services

Server 2008 R2 brings new improvements and features in Remote Desktop Services. It now includes Session shadowing and enhancements with the RemoteApp client, and it comes with better compression and bandwidth usage to offer fluency in applications.

Storage with Cost-Efficiency

Easily set up highly accessible and flexible software-defined storage with cost-efficiency.

Self-healing NTFS

Let your process and repair detected disk errors instead of potentially shutting it down before resolving the error. This feature is for developers who write code that requires transactions. Here, transactions can be monitored and managed much more accessible. It allows viewing current transactions and committing and rolling back a transaction.

Tackle Hot Patches with Ease

The improved operating system enables the administrator to install specific hot patches, which get done without a system reboot.

Multi-layered Security

Shield your system with multi-layered security and minimize the risk of attacks. Safeguard your devices and applications with the in-built enhanced security system.

Enhance Your Security with Windows Server 2008 R2

Windows Server 2008 R2 protects your data and applications with an enhanced level of security, whether on-premise or cloud-based. It helps you control access privileges, shield virtual machines and strengthen your platform against potential breaches. Shield your system with better security. Secure your devices and data with the in-built enhanced security system.

Identify Potential Threats
  • With Device Guard, be assured that software runs only from trusted sources.
  • The Control Flow Guard provides a safeguard against memory corruption attacks.
  • Get optimized Windows Defender to defend against malicious attacks on your system.

This is the default version deployed by organizations. The Windows Server 2008 Standard is the most robust Windows Server with built-in, enhanced Web and virtualization capabilities. With powerful tools, you get greater control over your servers.


This edition delivers an enterprise-class platform for deploying mission-critical applications. Get improved security with consolidated identity management. Features that can reduce infrastructure costs. It also provides the foundation for a highly dynamic and scalable IT infrastructure.


The Datacenter edition provides a foundation to build enterprise-class virtualization and scale-up solutions. Now improve availability with clustering and dynamic hardware partitioning capabilities.

Compare Windows Server 2008 R2

Edition License Metric License Minimum Requirement Virtualisation CAL Requirement
Datacenter 1 Processor All Physical Processors 1 Processor Unlimited 2008
Enterprise Per Server Per Physical Server N/A 4 VMs per license 2008
Standard Per Server Per Physical Server N/A 1 VM per license 2008

Datacenter Edition is most cost efficient for more than four VMs per processor, because you can run an unlimited number of VMs per processor and license each processor. While Datacenter is more expensive than Enterprise when running four VMs per processor, you have more scalability and support for future growth, so you could, potentially, adopt Datacenter over Enterprise when you consider future requirements. Remember that you have to license all processors in the server.

Important Information

The Datacenter edition represents the top end of the Windows Server 2008 product range and is targeted at mission critical enterprises requiring stability and high uptime levels. Windows Server 2008 Datacenter edition is tied closely to the underlying hardware through the implementation of custom Hardware Abstraction Layers (HAL). As such, it is currently only possible to obtain Datacenter edition as part of a hardware purchase.

As with other versions, the Datacenter edition is available only in a 64-bit version and supports up to 2TB of RAM. In addition, this edition supports a minimum of 8 processors up to a maximum of 64.