Thu, Mar 26 2009 23:10
I'll take fries with that
Karl has a post today about an operating system push back...
The push back of Essential Business Server.
Let's put aside the larger price tag. (It is a bit steep in my opinion) Let's put aside the fact that the name could be a lot better, (It sounds like it's not less features than Small Business Server when it has more) Let's not talk about how many of the var/vaps with pre-existing deals with firewall vendors want to maintain that relationship thus one of the first questions is whether or not they can rip out that ISA/TMG firewall and replace it with their firewall product that they prefer.
Let's talk about how it could be better positioned.
As a Combo meal.
I agree that down here in the S space to get my firm to buy three servers is a very hard sale. But that's where I think that Microsoft and the hardware vendors need to sell a Combo meal.
Don't sell three servers, Sell one HyperV server with three parts of the meal or server roles on the box. For a firm to be compliant with some parts of regulations these days you need separation of duties that SBS 2003 and SBS 2008 can't muster. So have a combo meal offer where all three servers are virtualized on one piece of hardware.
This is where virtualization can provide the green of IT in the SMB space as well.
Filed under: News