Windows Server 2016 Data center
Datacenter edition is ideal for highly virtualized and software-defined datacenter environments
All physical cores on the server must be licensed, subject to a minimum of 8 core licenses per physical processor and a minimum of 16 core licenses per server.
**CALs are required for every user or device accessing a server.
Windows Server 2016 offers additional features in Standard and Datacenter editions. Features exclusive to the Windows Server 2016 Datacenter edition include Shielded Virtual Machines, software-defined networking, Storage Spaces Direct, and Storage Replica. While no features from the Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard edition have been removed.
Core functionality of Windows Server
Operating system environment (OSEs/Hyper-V containers) Unlimited
Windows Server containers Unlimited
Host Guardian Service
Storage features including Storage Spaces Direct and Storage Replica
Shielded Virtual Machines