Raymond Comvalius, interviewed Russ Madlener, Director of Planning, Windows Server and Tools division at Microsoft, who is responsible for the product release of Windows Essential Business Server (WEBS) formerly known as Centro.
WEBS is Microsoft's first attempt to release an integrated suite of server products into the mid-market. It is aimed to organizations with up to 300 seats. WEBS will be available in two versions. The Basic version contains the following products:
- Windows Server 2008 for installation on 3 physical servers
- Exchange 2007
- Forefront Security for Exchange Server
- Forefront Threat Management Gateway (next version of ISA Server)
- System Center Essentials
The Enterprise version of EBS will contain the following extra's:
- 1 more physical installation of Windows Server 2008
- SQL Server 2008
Russ points out that the main selling point of WEBS is the integration of all these products, following Microsoft's best practices guidelines. This should take a lot of work from the system admin for the implementation of what can be considered as a rather complex infrastructure in a not so large organization.