Microsoft Server 'Family' Targets SMBs, Midmarket
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.