Microsoft Unveils New SMB Server Branding
Today, Microsoft announced a new Windows Essential Server
Solutions marketing effort. It combines the company's upcoming Windows
Small Business Server 2008 (formerly code-named Cougar) and Windows Essential
Business Sever 2008 for midsize businesses.
"Windows Essential Server Solutions make the benefits of enterprise-class
IT accessible, affordable and simpler for smaller organizations and their technology
advisors," commented Bob Kelly, Microsoft corporate vice president, in
a prepared statement.
Windows Small Business Server 2008, designed for organizations with no more
than 50 personal computers, will offer special integration features for Microsoft's
Office Live OneCare and improved administration tools, among other features.
Windows Essential Business Server is aimed at companies with up to 250 PCs
and will come in two versions: standard and premium. Each "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 company's announcement stated.
Both are scheduled to debut in the "second half of 2008." Microsoft
is planning to preview the servers at its "Heroes Happen Here" launch
More information about the Windows Essential Server Solutions line can be found