Microsoft has released the Windows Essential Server Solutions globally with its first-ever offering tailored to mid-sized businesses.
Product manager SMB servers, Robbie Upcroft, said more than 700 Australian partners had already undergone training and about 3200 beta versions had been used.
“A lot of the incremental changes have been brought to us by our channel, we aim to include all the feedback we get from partners through our beta program in the end product,” Upcroft said.
“Server products are sold rather than bought. It’s rare for a customer to wake up and say ‘I’ll buy a server solution today’. We rely on our partners to recommend solutions to their customers – the new releases give our SMB partners new features and selling points to talk about.”
The two new products released within the solution are Windows Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) and Windows Essential Business Server 2008 (EBS 2008). SBS includes a number of new or updated features such as Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Microsoft SQL Server 2008 and Windows SharePoint Services 3.0.
EBS, meanwhile, has been designed for mid-sized businesses and includes Windows Server 2008, Microsoft System Centre Essentials 2007, Microsoft Exchange Server 2007, Forefront Threat Management Gateway and Microsoft SQL Server 2008.
More online and face-to-face training sessions will be offered in 2009.