Windows Hosting

All of Bytemark’s Dedicated Servers or Premium Dedicated Servers can be delivered with Microsoft Windows and SQL Server ready to go. This page should help you pick the right edition of each for your needs.

Windows Editions

Windows Web Server is appropriate for running any public-facing web site. You only need Standard Edition if the server’s main hosting is not open to the public over the web.

  Windows Web Server 2008 R2/2012 Windows Server 2008 R2/2012
Standard Edition
Windows Server 2008 R2/2012
Datacenter Edition
  £14 month/server £14 month/processor* £105 month/processor*
Public web sites Yes Yes Yes
Private applications   Yes Yes
Unlimited virtualization     Yes

*Per-processor licensing - Windows Web Server 2008 can only run on a single processor - for other editions you must pay double the license fee to run them on servers with two processors.

SQL Server

You can use Express Edition free of charge, even for a public web site.

  Express Web Standard Enterprise
  FREE More info £10 per month £140 month/processor* £908 month/processor*
Max database size 4GiB Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
RAM use 1GiB Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
CPUs 1 4 4 Unlimited
Private applications?     Yes Yes

Per-user licensing: For private “line-of-business” applications, you can occasionally pay less by licensing SQL Server on a per-user basis if your application has less than 25 users. Contact us for details

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