To help small and midsize organizations improve business efficiency Microsoft introduced the Windows Essential Server Solutions family of products, built on Windows Server 2008.
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. The products integrate the technologies of Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, and other Microsoft products and services into all-in-one solutions.
Windows Small Business Server 2008, previously known by the code name "Cougar," is ideal for organizations with up to 50 PCs. The new version adds a range of features and capabilities to the current, Small Business Server 2003 R2 product.
For small-business owners and employees, Small Business Server 2008 provides increased security and protection with simplified server and PC backup technologies, and one-year trial subscriptions to Microsoft Forefront Security for Exchange Server Small Business Edition and the new Windows Live OneCare for Server. Small Business Server 2008 also integrates with Microsoft Office Live Small Business to simplify setup and management of professional Web sites and private online work spaces. Enhancements to Remote Web Workplace, integration of Windows SharePoint Services 3.0, and support for the latest Windows Mobile devices are also included.
A new administration console, new monitoring across servers and client PCs, Windows Server Update Services, and customizable reports ? accessible from virtually anywhere ? make management easier and more effective. Exchange Server 2007 delivers additional built-in protection, virtually anywhere access and management efficiencies. And Windows Small Business Server 2008 Premium Edition provides an ideal platform for critical business applications, because SQL Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 technologies now run on a second hardware server.
Windows Small Business Server 2008 will be demonstrated on Dell systems at the Microsoft "Heroes Happen Here" launch event on Feb. 27 in Los Angeles, and is slated for availability in the second half of 2008.
Windows Essential Business Server 2008 is designed for the needs of midsize organizations with up to 250 desktops. The solution provides a unified console for management of key workloads and product licensing, which makes IT budgeting and purchase simpler and more predictable.
Windows Essential Business Server combines the technologies of Windows Server 2008, Exchange Server 2007, Forefront Security for Exchange Server, System Center Essentials 2007, the next version of Internet Security and Acceleration Server and, in the Premium Edition, SQL Server 2008 technology. The product will be demonstrated on IBM BladeCenter S and HP BladeSystem c-Class c3000 hardware at the "Heroes Happen Here" launch on Feb. 27 in Los Angeles, and is slated for availability in the second half of 2008.
More information about Windows Essential Server Solutions is available at http://www.microsoft.com/essential