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Small and Medium Businesses Get New Servers

Microsoft is shipping two new servers aimed at small businesses. Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2008 is pretty obviously aimed at smaller shops (not sure if Joe the Plumber placed his order yet) and is based on its big brother, Windows Server 2008 itself. SBS also comes with SQL and Exchange -- a one-stop shop.

We've looked at an earlier rev and found it solid, pretty easy to set up (some readers disagreed with this notion as I recall), but not great at scaling by making multiple servers work together.

Microsoft is also shipping Windows Essentials Business Server 2008, aimed at mid-size businesses. I was curious about the Essential product. The press release wasn't clear on what exactly it contained, and it took quite a bit a sleuthing on Microsoft.com before it became clear that Essentials is really a higher-end version of SBS with management software, security and SharePoint added to the mix, and with SQL Server only in the premium edition.

Posted by Doug Barney on 11/18/2008 at 1:16 PM


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