Last night at the SMB IT Professionals meeting in Sydney, Michael Leworthy presented on the next generations of SBS 7 and ABA Aurora. Michael highlighted about how Microsoft are making things simpler for us with the new version of SBS by not having both Standard and Premium versions of each product. Instead, Microsoft will release an SBS Premium Add-on pack that can be added on to either SBS 7 OR SBS Aurora. This add-on pack will include Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard and SQL Server 2008 R2 for Small Business. Positioning wise, this will be priced around the point of you getting a “free” copy of Windows Server 2008 R2 for the price. You’ll need to purchase SQL CALs for however many users you have that require SQL Server acces which is pretty much the norm.
I like this idea – I think it’s a good compromise as to how our customers tend to grow over time, they’d start with the standard edition of the products and then later as they upgrade their line of business applications. Well done Microsoft. Now we wait to see the pricing
Michael also suggested that we keep an eye out for later this year for more information as to release dates, pricing and product availability.