Accelerating Business Transformation

Intel and Microsoft’s partnership delivers powerful data center solutions that help businesses gain competitive advantage by building the foundation for a data-driven enterprise.

Optimized Solutions for Faster, Smarter Decision Making

For more than 20 years, Intel and Microsoft have partnered to develop breakthrough data center solutions that enable IT to deliver powerful, efficient, and flexible business solutions and services. Today, we are helping businesses derive more value from data, reduce costs, and increase efficiency with next-generation analytics and cloud-based platforms that accelerate innovation and provide a catalyst for growth.


Intel and Microsoft share a vision of accelerating widespread cloud adoption. Together, Intel and Microsoft offer an enterprise class, consistent cloud platform across private cloud on-premises, public cloud with Azure*, and hybrid cloud with upcoming Azure Stack* from Microsoft. In this video, Mike Neil, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, talks about the Intel and Microsoft partnership and our shared Cloud vision.

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Windows Server* 2016 and Intel

Windows Server* 2016 empowers advanced data center functionalities with software-defined compute, storage, and network capabilities that are elastic and cost effective. Windows Server* 2016 is optimized for Intel's best-in-class storage, compute, and networking technologies to deliver great performance, optimization, efficiency, and scalability to transform your data center.


IT Peer Network: Windows Server* 2016 Performance Testing

Intel is helping the ecosystem prepare to take advantage of Windows Server* 2016 and Storage Spaces Direct for software defined storage. Learn about the three recommended configurations with Intel® Xeon® processors and Intel storage devices.

Three configurations for Storage Spaces Direct

Intel presents internal testing results of Intel NMVe* (Non Volatile Memory Express) + Hard Disk Drives (HDD) based configuration, for a capacity optimized solution. In this blog, Intel illustrates this hybrid storage configuration, and its best fit scenario.

Intel capacity optimized testing results

For customers interested in higher throughput, Intel developed an all Intel® SSD (Solid State Drives) configuration with a mix of NVMe* and SATA SSDs. In this blog, Intel shows consistent performance across multiple servers in a balanced manner.

Intel throughput optimized testing results

In this blog, Intel presents the results of all-NVMe* flash based configuration based on Intel labs internal testing using Intel® NVMe* SSDs on both caching and capacity tier. The results show how well Storage Spaces Direct is optimized to support all-NVMe* based configuration.

Intel All NVMe* performance testing results

SQL Server* 2016 and Intel

Integration of SQL Server* 2016 technology and Intel® Xeon® E7 platform driving advanced analytics on a large 100TB dataset.

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Discover four ways you can extend your possibilities with Intel® Xeon® processor E7 v4 family and Microsoft SQL Server* 2016.

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Get real-time operational analytics with the Intel® Xeon® processor E5 family and SQL Server 2016.

Discover hybrid transactional/analytical processing (HTAP)

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