Microsoft stops its Small Business Server offering
In July 2012 Microsoft announced that their new server 2012 platform will exclude a Small Business Server (SBS) offering.
This is the first time in 15 years that an SBS facility has not been available to the public. Instead of providing Small Business Servers, the company is now set to focus its attention on Cloud Computing services. This blog sets out to explore the repercussions that will be faced from this change.
Previously the SBS was designed for businesses with under 75 users, with a basic package providing a variety of features including SharePoint, File Services, and Microsoft Exchange in order to make a small company’s I.T. facilities affordable and manageable.
This dramatic termination of the service leaves businesses with two options; to absorb any increased expense and upgrade to the full versions of SQL server and exchange, or to migrate to the Cloud. This move is a clear indication of Microsoft’s commitment to Cloud technology, and their increased effort to push more small businesses onto a Microsoft 365 solution.
The change of service inevitably increases Cloud Computing competition within the market, as Microsoft is now competing with many of its own customers and in light of the news, some managed service providers now have to rethink the way that they provide hosted email services, without access to the SBS.
Despite this redirection, the future still looks positive for the industry as there are a variety of other service providers that businesses can turn to in order to provide a similar, if not more effective, service. For example, by using a virtualDCS solution businesses can take advantage of 99.999% availability, VMware technology, UK support centres, reduced call waiting times and local hosting.
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