Microsoft details next-generation Small Business Server offerings

By Tom Warren, on 3rd Nov 10 7:31 am with Comments Off

Microsoft has unveiled further details on its future Windows Small Business Server offerings.

The software giant has given “Aurora” its final naming – Small Business Server 2011 Essentials. Microsoft has also named SBS 7 as Small Business Server 2011 Standard Edition.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials will be priced at $545 and can be used by up to 25 users. The product does not require CALs for user access. Microsoft says it’s planning to release SBS 2011 Essentials in the first half of 2011. The product is being marketed as the ideal first server for a small business with up to 25 users.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard will be priced at $1,096 with CALs offered at $72 each. Microsoft will make SBS 2011 Standard available in December and through System Builders and OEM channels in February 2011. The product is being marketed as an ideal solution for small businesses that require support for up to 75 users and enterprise-class server technology.

Microsoft says the beta versions of both products have been downloaded more than 9000 times. The software maker has made previews available of SBS 2011 Standard and Essentials at its Connect site.