Feeds

Microsoft details small biz server release dates and prices

Three in a bed, little one said 'rollover'

Reducing the cost and complexity of web vulnerability management

Microsoft confirmed yesterday that its Aurora software will, as expected, be named Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011.

The company will release three products via its server licensing house.

Windows SBS 2011 Essentials, which carried the Aurora codename, is aimed at small businesses with up to 25 users and has been pencilled for a first half of next year release, said Microsoft.

It will connect to online services including Redmond’s recently announced Office 365 offering.

Microsoft will make the product available thorough its server licensing channels at an estimated US retail price of $545. It didn’t reveal UK pricing yesterday.

The standard edition of the software, previously known as Windows SBS 7, is for small firms and orgs with up to 75 users.

“Licensing for Windows SBS 2011 Standard is consistent with previous versions of Windows SBS 2008 Standard, which required both a Server License, plus CALs for each user,” said Microsoft.

It will carry a US price tag of around $1,096, with CALs costing $72. The company plans to release that version of the software through its licensing channels in December this year. It will hit hardware vendors and system builders in February 2011.

Microsoft is additionally punting Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-on, that comes with an extra server dishing up support for SQL Server-based line-of-biz apps and access to Windows Server 2008 R2 tech.

It will set IT departments back $1,604 in the US, with CALs costing around $92 and will be spun out next month.

Microsoft has the full rundown of small biz server prices here. ®

The next step in data security

More from The Register

next story
Phones 4u slips into administration after EE cuts ties with Brit mobe retailer
More than 5,500 jobs could be axed if rescue mission fails
Driving with an Apple Watch could land you with a £100 FINE
Bad news for tech-addicted fanbois behind the wheel
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Sony says year's losses will be FOUR TIMES DEEPER than thought
Losses of more than $2 BILLION loom over troubled Japanese corp
Radio hams can encrypt, in emergencies, says Ofcom
Consultation promises new spectrum and hints at relaxed licence conditions
Why Oracle CEO Larry Ellison had to go ... Except he hasn't
Silicon Valley's veteran seadog in piratical Putin impression
Big Content Australia just blew a big hole in its credibility
AHEDA's research on average content prices did not expose methodology, so appears less than rigourous
Bono: Apple will sort out monetising music where the labels failed
Remastered so hard it would be difficult or impossible to master it again
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Storage capacity and performance optimization at Mizuno USA
Mizuno USA turn to Tegile storage technology to solve both their SAN and backup issues.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
The next step in data security
With recent increased privacy concerns and computers becoming more powerful, the chance of hackers being able to crack smaller-sized RSA keys increases.