My friends at SMB Nation report that Microsoft is doing three big changes
a) doing away with Small Business Server
b) folding Small Business Server Essential into the Server 2012 family
c) doing away with the Small Business Specialist Community in favor of a Small Business Competency
SMB Nation writes:
As far as we can tell right now, Microsoft will no longer have a combination server with special pricing for small businesses. For more than fifteen years, SBS has been the preferred server product for small businesses due to its unique combination of features and low price. The survey revealed that many partners will be seeking alternatives. And that opens the door to non-Microsoft technology. One respondent wrote, “SBS will be missed. It was familiar and comfortable for my clients. We’ll need to sell them on an alternate solution, not necessarily from Microsoft.”
What does this mean for your business?
If you’re using Small Business Server – look to migrate to Window Server, working closely with your IT consultant. You should consider leveraging online solutions for your file sharing, applications and server services (email, and more).
Microsoft’s loyal IT consultants are not happy about this – but Microsoft clearly sees writing on the wall – traditional servers for small businesses are going away in favor of online applications.