Windows Essential Business Server codename "Centro" announced

Microsoft unveils the official name for Windows Essential Business Server, previously codenamed “Centro,” and announces its key components and features, as well as an initial set of industry partners planning to support the new solution. There are approximately 1.4 million midsized businesses in the world and their IT needs are unique. But in order to […]

Microsoft unveils the official name for Windows Essential Business Server, previously codenamed “Centro,” and announces its key components and features, as well as an initial set of industry partners planning to support the new solution.

There are approximately 1.4 million midsized businesses in the world and their IT needs are unique. But in order to maintain growth, they require the same powerful technology solutions used by large companies. To address this need, Microsoft is developing an integrated IT solution for midsized organizations, previously known by the codename “Centro.” Today Microsoft unveiled the product’s official name, “Windows Essential Business Server,” and announced its key components and features, as well as an initial set of industry partners planning to support this new solution. Next week at TechEd: IT Forum in Barcelona, Spain, Microsoft will be demonstrating Windows Essential Business Server.

Steven VanRoekel, Director, Windows Server Solution Group, Microsoft
Steven VanRoekel, Director, Windows Server Solution Group, Microsoft

PressPass spoke with Steven VanRoekel, director of the Windows Server Solutions group at Microsoft, about today's news.  He oversees product management of the family of server products that are tailored to the specific needs of distinct customer segments, including home users, small businesses and, now, midsized companies.

PressPass: What are you announcing today?

Steven VanRoekel: Today we gave Windows Server codename “Centro” an official name: Windows Essential Business Server. We are also communicating the key features and technologies customers will find in Windows Essential Business Server to increase the manageability and reliability of their IT systems, and to help them boost businesses productivity and growth.

In addition, we are announcing that hardware partners, including Fujitsu-Siemens, HP, IBM and Intel, will support Windows Essential Business Server, and that software partners such as CA, Citrix, FullArmor, McAfee, Quest, Symantec and Trend Micro plan to provide ”Add-In” solutions for Windows Essential Business Server to enhance the product’s benefits.

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