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Today is the start of the Server 2008 PR ramp up.  I can today tell you a bit more about Cougar, as was, or SBS 2008 as it will be, the new "family" that SBS is part of and a bit more on Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (aka Centro).  Hopefully there will be a couple of surprises and also confirmation of some of the rumours around there.  I've sliced the press release made today into 3 sections.  This blog entry is based on the "family" section of which there is an extract below of some key points.  The whole press release can be found at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2008/feb08/02-20EBFamilyPR.mspx.

To help small and midsize organizations improve business efficiency, increase productivity and drive growth, Microsoft Corp. introduced the Windows Essential Server Solutions family of products, built on Windows Server 2008 and the newest Microsoft server technologies and services. The company also unveiled details about the newly named Windows Small Business Server 2008.

The Windows Essential Server Solutions family includes Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 for midsize companies. Microsoft conducted extensive research and gathered in-depth feedback worldwide to design the solutions, in order to meet the unique needs of small and midsize customers and partners. The products integrate the technologies of Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and other Microsoft products and services into all-in-one solutions that are reliable, easy to manage and able to grow with customers.

“There are 31.9 million small businesses and 1.2 million midsize companies worldwide in need of powerful IT solutions,* and they typically have very small IT staffs, or none at all,” said Bob Kelly, corporate vice president at Microsoft. “Windows Essential Server Solutions make the benefits of enterprise-class IT accessible, affordable and simpler for smaller organizations and their technology advisors.”

Windows Small Business Server 2008 Multiplies Business Growth

see blog entry here

Windows Essential Business Server 2008 for Midsize Companies

see blog entry here

Microsoft Partners Rally Around the Windows Essential Server Solutions Family

The Windows Essential Server Solutions products present technology consultants, hardware makers and software vendors with tremendous opportunity to better serve small and midsize companies, and to grow their own businesses.

For solution providers and systems integrators, Windows Essential Server Solutions provide a consistent, reliable platform tailored to fast-growing small and midsize clients, helping them deliver more strategic systems and applications, and build deeper customer relationships.

Hardware makers including Dell Inc., Fujitsu Siemens Computers, HP and IBM Corp. plan to deliver solutions built on Windows Small Business Server 2008. Fujitsu Siemens, HP, IBM and Intel Corporation plan to deliver products running Windows Essential Business Server 2008.

Windows Essential Business Server 2008 is a platform for third-party business applications that can be managed within its administration console. Software partners such as Citrix Systems Inc., Computer Associates International Inc., FullArmor, Mimosa Systems Inc., Quest Software Inc., ScriptLogic Corp., Symantec Corp. and Trend Micro Inc. plan to provide Add-In software solutions for Windows Essential Business Server to enhance the product’s benefits. HP, IBM and Intel plan to make hardware management Add-Ins for Windows Essential Business Server 2008. Microsoft will provide Windows Essential Business Server Add-Ins for its applications as well, such as Microsoft Dynamics AX, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Microsoft Office SharePoint Server.

More information about Windows Essential Server Solutions is available at http://www.microsoft.com/essential and http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/presskits/serversolutions.

* Source: AMI Partners Inc.

So what are we really saying here.  Well, SBS was a great success, so great that we need to step things up a level.  The family now looks like this:

WESS Family_Diagram (2)

There are probably three things to notice:

  1. SBS now comes in a one and two server size (more on this here)
  2. SBS still has the built in limits of 75 users, but is designed for 5-50
  3. Essential Business Server is our three to four server product and is designed for 25-250 users

The family overlaps, depending on the needs of the business.  This means that there are design and implementation similarities in the family, but each member has it's unique points too.

Expect to see 3rd party solutions form others around these products, which now address an even larger marketplace.  I foresee Symantic on backup and Citrix on their Access Essentials products to make a real impact here.

In the short term I have a direct route to the people who are in the know about this, so ask the questions and I will post the answers as I get them.

 

My advice is to read the web sites linked in the press release and let me know your questions.  You will also find information on the official SBS blog

 

ttfn

David


Posted Wed, Feb 20 2008 12:48 PM by David Overton

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Andy Parkes wrote re: "Windows Essential Server Solutions family of products" announcement
on Wed, Feb 20 2008 3:28 PM

Thanks Dave!

My initial question is, since this is all under the same family will we be able to move up the products as the client grows

E.g

If an company starts with SBS 2008 standard, grows a bit, adds premium server for the SQL capability, grows a bit more and decides they need EBS. Will they be able to scale up? or is this a transition/migration job

Feridun Kadir wrote re: "Windows Essential Server Solutions family of products" announcement
on Thu, Feb 21 2008 7:48 AM

With SBS 2008 Premium, can the SQL Server be installed on the 1st server or does it have to be installed on a second server?

Alistair wrote re: "Windows Essential Server Solutions family of products" announcement
on Mon, Mar 3 2008 12:41 PM

Hi David,

We have (just - December) moved out of the SBS2K3 Premium via transition pack to the full enterprise produts at a cost of £4K + for 85 CALs, as we couldn't wait for WES. However we will miss the ease of admin that the tightly integrated SBS products gave us, + RWW, etc..

Any idea where we will stand in terms of perhaps moving back into this product group? It is a no go if we need to write off that investment, but if they are transferable it may be doable...

Thanks

Alistair

David Overton wrote re: "Windows Essential Server Solutions family of products" announcement
on Mon, Mar 3 2008 10:29 PM

Alistair,

a complex area and definitely nothing concrete yet, however when asked the great guys and gals on the product team came back with "We are always looking at ways that we can provide compelling value for customers and we will provide details on pricing in the future".  This is no promise, but it is better than a blank statement.  They are working hard on concepts like this.

thanks

David

Alistair wrote re: "Windows Essential Server Solutions family of products" announcement
on Tue, Mar 4 2008 3:49 PM

Hi David - best I can hope for at this stage I guess.

Thanks

Alistair

Nao wrote re: "Windows Essential Server Solutions family of products" announcement
on Sat, Feb 18 2012 2:33 PM

How do you get Outlook to ccnneot to Exchange on WS 2008? I'm setting up a workstation, only I can't use a mail applet in control panel to set up Exchange ccnneotivity, because there is none!

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