The future of the Microsoft small business server seems to be uncertain. This comes in the wake of Microsoft announcing that they want to remove the EBS. Though this news came unexpectedly, but it actually didn’t come as a surprise to many others. Some people who can be said to possess some kind of third eye seem to have a foresight about the future of the Microsoft small business server. The essential business server was thought by some to be able to provide cost effective solution for mid sized organization, but people later found out that the EBS wouldn’t be so helpful in that regard.

The way forward

So, instead of making use of the essential business server (EBS), Microsoft Corporation had decided to divide its business server strategy into two, which are the traditional server and the solution server. The former revolves around windows server2008 R2 while the solution server can be referred to as a flexible approach which can help to assist small businesses. These duo are working towards putting paid to the cross-premises future of the Microsoft small business server since they are now poised towards taking the place of the SBS.

The alternative

With the traditional approach, small businesses can build their server from the very foundation. With this Microsoft traditional approach these small businesses can maintain their active directory, network hyper-V virtualized solution, messaging solution on premises and their network support services personally.

The Microsoft SBS can’t be said to fully oust by Microsoft Corporation, rather we can say that its operation is being taken into a kind of new era. The new developments are the former Microsoft SBS and SBS Aurora.  Both of them can go a long way in having some kind of effect on your business. The differences between the two of these SBS will determine how much Microsoft’s new small business strategy will have on your business and organization.

The traditional option

Microsoft SBS 7 can be said to be the very next release of the SBS standard. This one in comparison to its predecessor can be said to be a fully on-premises   offering.  With this Microsoft Small business strategy called SBS 7, several solutions can be bundled under just one license. The new variation of the old Microsoft SBS has several features that the old one does not possess in any way.

The aurora option

The aurora on its own is can provide a hybrid on premise/cloud environment and several other features that allow it to outsmart the old Microsoft SBS.  Both the SBS 7 and the aurora differ in the sense that the aurora can be said to be the perfect choice for new small businesses, while the SBS 7 supports up to 75 personal computers. The aurora can only support between 5 and 25 computers on its part. Aurora also does not allow the merging or migration of the AD, this makes organizations that are already in the habit of using the traditional SBS will prefer to avoid using this option as much as possible.