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Cheaper 2008 HPC edition going. Expensive 2012 standard edition instead?

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  • Hi

    We've been advised that when our 3 year software assurance contract expires next year the 2008 HPC edition licence will no longer be available for our compute nodes. We'll have to pay for Server 2012R2 Standard edition licences instead (much more expensive).  Should we switch our compute nodes to Windows desktop editions to avoid a price hike?  Or am I missing some information about licensing compute nodes in the new Windows 2012 licencing model?

    Tuesday, April 8, 2014 3:12 PM

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  • Hi Alex,

     

    I would suggest you try the new Azure Burst capacity provided with HPC Pack 2008 R2 (with SP4)/HPC Pack 2012 (with SP1)/HPC Pack 2012 R2 to utilize the Compute Instances on Azure and enjoy the Pay-As-You-Go. For details you may refer to http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg481749.

     

    If you still want to utilize the existing on-premise cluster without using Server license, you may use Windows Client (desktop, e.g. Windows 7/8) license to join the machines in the cluster as WorkStation nodes. The WorkStation nodes have been supported since HPC Pack 2008 R2 RTM.

     

    Detailed supported Windows Server/Client versions for Compute Nodes/WorkStation Nodes are as below for your reference

     

    HPC Pack 2012 R2

    Head nodes: Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter

    Compute nodes: Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard or Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter, or x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, or HPC Edition

    Workstation nodes: Windows 8.1 Pro or Enterprise, Windows 8 Pro or Enterprise, Windows 7 Professional or Enterprise

     

    HPC Pack 2012 (with SP1)

    Head nodes: Windows Server 2012 Standard or Datacenter

    Compute nodes: Windows Server 2012 Standard, Datacenter, or x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, or HPC Edition

    Workstation nodes: x86 or x64 versions of Windows 7 Professional or Enterprise, Windows 8 Pro or Enterprise

     

    HPC Pack 2008 R2 (with SP4)

    Head nodes: x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, or HPC Edition

    Compute nodes: x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 or Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, Enterprise, Datacenter, or HPC Edition

    Workstation nodes: Windows 7 Professional or Enterprise

     

     

    Regards,

    Yutong

    Wednesday, April 9, 2014 5:54 AM