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Microsoft announces general availability of Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008

Posted on 13-Nov-2008 17:42 | Filed under: News

Microsoft announces general availability of Windows Small Business Server 2008 and Windows Essential Business Server 2008
Designed for companies with up to 75 users or PCs, Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) is an integrated server solution created for small businesses, providing many of the technologies used by larger companies, such as Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and other Microsoft products.

Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS 2008) is designed for businesses with up to 300 users or PCs, and allows IT managers to have more control over their environment by reducing complexity and automating common tasks. With support for Windows Mobile smartphones, SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 can significantly help boost productivity with access to business e-mail, calendar, contacts and files when away from the office.

These solutions bring Microsoft�s enterprise-class server technologies to small and midsize companies in a way that companies can best consume them. They are designed and priced to help customers save money and compete more successfully in the global marketplace.

�If time equals money, then we�re saving a lot of money,� said Rob Harris of Robby Gordon Motorsports. �Our race car business is very performance-based with things constantly changing. I attribute a lot of our growth to Microsoft�s server solutions and the impact they have on our company�s ability to perform in a competitive worldwide arena.�

Large enterprises typically have specialists on staff with the technical knowledge, budgets and time needed to manage IT environments � a luxury small and midsize businesses can rarely afford. Based on feedback directly from customers, SBS and EBS greatly help reduce the setup and ongoing management of IT, while enabling new scenarios to enhance end-user productivity, as well as saving companies money on license costs.

Microsoft has developed licensing and financing options that allow flexible payment terms from 24 months to 60 months. Both SBS 2008 and EBS 2008 are priced less for qualified customers than it would cost to separately purchase products similar to those included in SBS 2008 and EBS 2008, and Microsoft is offering financing for the hardware, software and partner professional services.

In addition, Microsoft offers several flexible licensing options to allow for complete scalability of customers� cost in relation to their usage, including various client access licenses (CALs) in quantities to suit customers� specific needs. For example, a company will be able to purchase a single CAL and pay only for the exact number of employees using the product.

Microsoft hardware partners are offering a broad choice of solutions for SBS 2008 and EBS 2008. Dell Inc., HP and IBM Corp. have optimized their hardware configurations for a superior customer experience when installing, running and maintaining SBS 2008. HP, IBM and Intel Corporation have also designed and priced blade servers specifically for midsize customers. Combined with EBS 2008, these blade servers give customers an affordable and scalable infrastructure solution that is easy to set up and manage. Customers can also choose from a wide variety of traditional rack-and-tower servers from Dell, HP, IBM, Lenovo and Sun Microsystems Inc.

Platinum sponsors participating in the worldwide launch event are Advanced Micro Devices Inc. (AMD), CA, Citrix Systems Inc., Dell, HP, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, Sun Microsystems, Symantec Corp. and Trend Micro Inc.

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