Thanks @microsoft for taking the Virtualization game to the next level.

Today it was announced that the new Virtual Machine and Host Server Maximums will look like this:


Windows Server 2012/2012 R2

Standard & Datacenter

Windows Server 2016 Standard & Datacenter

Physical (Host) Memory Support

Up to 4 TB per physical server

Up to 24 TB per physical server (6x)

Physical (Host) Logical Processor Support

Up to 320 LPs

Up to 512 LPs

Virtual Machine Memory Support

Up to 1 TB per VM

Up to 16 TB per VM (16x)

Virtual Machine Virtual Processor Support

Up to 64 VPs per VM

Up to 240 VPs per VM (3.75x)



Are you kidding me… 24 TB of RAM per physical server. Where do I even buy RAM sticks like that.


Here is a to the post from the Microsoft Blog that goes into more details.


Thanks to Jeff Woolsey, Principal Program Manager, Windows Server for the great write up.

Here is a snip from his article:

We are about a month away from Microsoft Ignite 2016 in Atlanta and we are eager to see you and provide a first-class tour of Windows Server, System Center, OMS, Azure, along with so much more. For those of you who have been evaluating the Windows Server 2016 Technical Preview releases, a huge thank you. Your feedback has directly contributed to feature additions and refinements along the way to make sure we’re building the best server for you, whether it’s on-premises or in the cloud.

To start, let’s begin with an area we haven’t disclosed yet: scale. When it comes to development, there are a number of areas that are never “done.” These are areas where we’re always moving the bar to improve with hardware and to advance the state of the art. Security and performance are a couple of examples along with scale.

Back in Windows Server 2012, we raised the bar for Hyper-V, delivering industry-leading scalability across a number of scenarios. These numbers were so high, that when we delivered Windows Server 2012 R2 a year later, we didn’t even bother to push the scale numbers further because we had no requests!

Not this time. With Windows Server 2016, we had numerous requests to push Hyper-V scalability to new heights to embrace interesting new scenarios around data analytics and machine learning, which means really huge databases.

Now, you have it. With Windows Server 2016, we are delivering new industry-leading scalability to virtualize any and every workload without exception.