Microsoft Server 'Family' Targets SMBs, Midmarket

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2008-02-20 Print this article Print

With Windows Essential Server Solutions, Microsoft is out to make mom-and-pop shops look like global multinationals and to give dinky IT shops the brawn of the big  boys.

Microsoft on Feb. 20 is spreading its arms to draw its SMB and midmarket servers under one roof, announcing what it's calling a new "family," the Windows Essential Server Solutions family.

The new product family will encompass both the company's small business and its midmarket servers, with licensing and migration paths to ease the move from one to the other. Specifically, the family entails an update to Microsoft's Small Business Server, code-named Cougar, and the company's midmarket server, code-named Centro and now dubbed Microsoft's Windows Essential Business Server.

Microsoft first mentioned Centro in 2005 and then gave more details and a final name for the midmarket server on Nov. 7.

Microsoft's aim is clear: It's after some 31.9 million small businesses and 1.2 million midsize companies worldwide that it claims are "in need of powerful IT solutions" but which lack the staff to get them there, according to Bob Kelly, corporate vice president at Microsoft, as quoted in a release.

Windows Essential Business Server is aimed at midsize businesses with small IT departments, whereas Small Business Server 2008 is aimed at those with basically none at all.

Read the full story on eWEEK Midmarket.

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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