Wednesday, April 01, 2009

April Fool Joke? Nope, Windows Server 2008 Foundation is real

So today is April Fool’s day but Microsoft announced something that will no doubt affect small businesses.  Windows Server 2008 Foundation is a server that is focused on the smallest of small businesses with 15 PC’s and under.

I haven’t seen all the specs on this beast yet but it sure sounds like just plain Windows Server 2008 with a hard limit of 15 connections.  Will this hurt the Small Business Server market?  I have to think it will.  Especially if the price is so low.  This server is only going to be sold by OEM manufacturers so if HP and Dell really ratchet down the price of servers including this software we’re going to see a proliferation of small businesses that have it.  Especially when it’ll be the featured product on their home pages, much the same as we see a proliferation of small businesses buy that $299 desktop that is woefully underpowered.

Will TAZ Networks work with it?  Sure we will, but will we lead with it?  No we won’t.  Small Business Server just has too many good features from remote control of your desktops (again I’m not thinking this will be included in the product) to the best email system on the planet today, Exchange 2007.  The list goes on…but you get the idea.  You get what you pay for.

Now will we end up supporting it?  I’m sure we will because as small businesses grow they come to us for computer support and we’ll see them have this Server Foundation.  Great to build on but maybe not something that will work moving forward.  At that time a real discussion will have to be had on the pros and cons of moving forward to another solution.

The other option is that businesses that want a prime repository for data space but will use the cloud or Exchange hosting services for email will use a server like this.

Most of the companies that use us for outsourced IT or computer support have a real commitment to technology.  There is a real cost to that and to be most effective you have to use the best products at the right price point not the cheapest products at all cost.