Microsoft announced the final names, pricing, licensing and estimated availability for the next generation of the Small Business Server family currently in public preview:
- Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials (formally Windows Small Business Server Code Name "Aurora") is ideal as a first server for SMB with up to 25 users, providing cost-effective and easy-to-use solution to help protect data, organize and access business info from virtually anywhere, support the apps needed to run a business, and quickly connect to online services such as Office 365, hosted e-mail, collaboration and CRM.
- Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard (formally Windows Small Business Server "7") is designed and priced for SMBs with up to 75 users, delivering enterprise-class server technology in an affordable, all-in-one solution. WSBS 2011 Standard helps protect business' info from loss by performing automatic daily server backups and greater productivity through on-site features like e-mail, Internet connectivity, internal Web sites, remote access, and file and printer sharing.
- SBS 2011 Standard will be available through all current Microsoft server licensing channels and is expected to release in December 2010. Further availability through OEM's and System Builders is expected starting Feb '11.
- Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on, consists of an additional server that provides support for SQL Server based LOB apps and access to Window Server 2008 R2 technologies in a cost effective solution for SMB. The Premium add-on provides ability to run a vast number of line-of-business apps on an additional server and the capacity to make more informed business decisions with rich analysis and reporting technologies. It's ideal for role based deployments such as LOB app support, Remote Desktop Services, Backup domain controller, and Virtualization though Hyper-V.
The decision to move to an add-on model was taken to provide our customers with more flexibility and deployment options providing ability to purchase additional servers either up front or as needed. SBS 2011 Premium Add-on will also be available with the release of SBS 2011 Standard in Dec.