Server Operating Systems and Virtualisation Software

Server operating system and virtualisation solutions for HPE servers from strategic partners.

Optimised and Ready for the Demands of Your Business

You can choose from a selection of virtualisation and operating systems from our partners for your HPE server investment. Our servers are engineered for deep integration between HPE and partner management consoles and we work closely together with partners to help you optimise, certify, and support their products in your HPE server environment. Create the best combination for your needs by adding technical support to your HPE operating system and virtualisation software.

Choose an Operating System Certified for HPE Servers


Quickly and easily buy operating systems and virtualisation software with your new server purchases.
Simplify Server Management Infrastructure Visibility and Control with HPE Insight Control


Leverage deep integration of HPE Insight Control into key partner management consoles.
Leverage HPE Technical Support for Operating Systems and Virtualisation Software


Deliver a superior experience by leveraging HPE-delivered technical support for the operating systems and virtualisation software.

Operating Systems and Virtualisation

Operating systems and virtualisation solutions for HPE servers from Microsoft Windows, Red Hat, SUSE, VMware and more.


Use Linux open source technologies to deliver exactly what your business requires. With HPE servers, you can choose from a wide range of partner products to design a reliable, innovative, high performing Linux platform for your needs.

Red Hat Software

Enterprise-class Linux environment that offers outstanding technical support and the flexibility to tailor your solution to your individual needs.

SUSE Software

Dependable and highly available Linux operating environment for HPE ProLiant servers with HPE branded support.

Microsoft Windows Server

Combine the ease of management, virtualisation, and scalability of Microsoft Windows Server with the intelligence of HPE ProLiant servers. HPE and Microsoft have worked together for over 30 years, delivering technologies, services, and support strategies to help transform your customers’ businesses, and unleash new business value.

Microsoft® Windows Server® 2016

The cloud-ready operating system that supports your most demanding workloads and makes it easy to integrate hybrid cloud services.

Microsoft Azure Stack

An integrated solution to deploy and manage Azure private clouds and easily move apps between the Azure public cloud and your data centre.


Take advantage of virtualisation and cloud through infrastructure as a service (IaaS). You can count on HPE and VMware to deliver the high infrastructure service levels, flexibility, and reliability you need to power your business-critical workloads.

vSphere Software Optimised for ProLiant

A highly efficient IT infrastructure that helps transform your data centre into a simplified cloud infrastructure and enable the next generation of flexible and reliable IT services.

ConvergedSystem for Client Virtualisation

Turnkey package for servers, storage, and thin clients to rapidly deploy VMware environments to mobile devices.

Client Virtualisation with VMware Horizon

An end-to-end desktop replacement solution that provides IT teams with the flexibility to quickly deliver and refresh desktops no matter the device.

OneView for VMware vCenter Software

Software that lets the vSphere administrator quickly obtain context-aware information about HPE servers and HPE storage directly from vCenter.

Converged Storage for Virtualisation

Converged storage solutions deliver the differentiated performance, integration, management and availability needed for server virtualisation deployments.

Small and Medium Business

Servers for small and midsize businesses that offer power, choice, and flexibility – with the simplicity and cost-effectiveness you need to stay ahead.

vSphere Operations Management

Data sheet to help you achieve your business goals with simple, reliable, and affordable products, solutions, and services.

Client Virtualisation Reference Architectures for VMware

Find solutions in the reference architecture library.

ConvergedSystem for Virtualisation

Converged systems that accommodate a wide range of demands with an open, flexible, workload-optimised framework.
Install ESXi on HPE ProLiant Servers With HPE Custom ESXi Images

ESXi Images

Certain ProLiant servers require the use of the HPE Customised image for a successful installation. The drivers for the new network and storage controllers in the servers are integrated in the HPE Customised image and are not part of the generic ESXi image that is distributed by VMware.

Additional Operating Systems

Community Linux Distributors

HPE supports and enables Community Linux distributions on HPE ProLiant servers but does not provide a certification. HPE only enables and tests them.

Oracle Linux

A 30-year strategic partnership across all industries that has the experience to deliver complete solutions that solve your toughest business challenges.

Wind River

A commercial-grade Linux solution used to build ultra-reliable high performance network elements for telecom and critical communications infrastructures.

Ubuntu Server

A Linux distribution built for scale-out web-based applications and cloud environments with full HPE support to help you scale-out quickly and efficiently.
Learn About HPE ProLiant Servers Real Time Linux Configuring and Tuning

Real Time Linux

We work with the leading Linux distribution vendors to optimise their Real Time Linux extensions on select ProLiant servers.

Additional Solutions from Our Partners

Hortonworks Platform

A 100% open source platform for storing, processing, analysing, and transporting large volumes of data.

Scality Storage

A software-defined storage platform that lowers the costs of petabyte-scale storage while accommodating future data growth.

Vertica on Hadoop

An open, fast, and enterprise-ready implementation of SQL on Hadoop that performs analytics regardless of the format of data or Hadoop distribution used.

Redefine the Server with Ready-to-Use ClearOS

Redefine the Server with Ready-to-Use ClearOS
Stop building servers from scratch. HPE ProLiant servers and ClearOS combine to offer you a simple, secure, and affordable platform – ready to install out of the box.