Windows Server Standard vs Windows Server Enterprise

Favad Qaisar 8 February 2012 0

Windows Server, Standard Edition is aimed towards small to medium sized businesses. Standard Edition supports file and printer sharing, offers secure Internet connectivity, and allows centralized desktop application deployment. The initial release of Windows Server Standard was available solely for 32-bit processors; a 64-bit version supporting the x86-64 architecture (AMD64 and EM64T, called collectively x64 by Microsoft) was released in April 2005. The 32-bit version will run on up to 4 processors with up to 4 GB RAM; the 64-bit version is capable of addressing up to 32 GB of RAM and also supports Non-Uniform Memory Access, something the 32-bit version does not do. The 32-bit version is available for students to download free of charge as part of Microsoft’s DreamSpark program.
On the other hand the Windows Server, Enterprise Edition is aimed towards medium to large businesses. It provides uninterrupted business services for servers running networking, messaging, inventory, databases, and customer service system applications. For Global businesses, Windows Server Enterprise enables the latest security advances, and hosts the scalability to help support the growth of mission-critical applications. With high availability, remote employees can have continuous access to systems and data, increasing your employee’s productivity. It is a full-function server operating system that supports up to eight processors and provides enterprise-class features such as eight-node clustering using Microsoft Cluster Server (MSCS) software and support for up to 32 GB of memory through PAE (added with the /PAE boot string). Enterprise Edition also comes in 64-bit versions for the Itanium and x64 architectures. The 64-bit versions of Windows Server 2003, Enterprise Edition are capable of addressing up to 1 TB of memory. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions support Non-Uniform Memory Access (NUMA). It also provides the ability to hot-add supported hardware. Enterprise Edition is also required to issue custom certificate templates.
Windows Server Standard 2008 provides businesses with the ability to deliver improved administration and diagnostics, as well as advanced development and application tools. In addition, enhanced security features help protect your data and network with a solid, highly dependable foundation for your business. This can correlate to lower infrastructure costs.
A side by side comparison of a few key features of the standard and enterprise edition would give us a good overview of the differences. Standard edition supports up to 4 processor sockets while the other supports up to 8 processor sockets. Standard edition has a physical memory of 32GB with no support for hot added memory while the enterprise edition has a memory of 2TB and also supports hot added memory. Standard edition does not support fall over cluster nodes (If a node becomes unavailable within the server, another node immediately begins providing the service, uninterrupted) in contrast with the enterprise edition which supports up to 16 failover cluster nodes. Lastly standard edition also does not support cross file replication which is just a method to scan a group of files and replicates a single section of data to other designated files. This method also Reduces replication traffic across network. The enterprise edition does support this feature.

Favad Qaisar (51 Posts)

I am a Unified Communications Engineer. Over the last 3 years, I have been working dedicatedly on OCS/LYNC and Exchange 2007/2010. I was responsible for getting my Company Microsoft’s Unified Communication Voice Certified Partner status. Occasionally, I like to share my experiences on the latest developments in the Unified Communications industry.

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