Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials Announced
Those folks at Microsoft who bring us Windows Small Business Server and Windows Home Server have a new product coming out soon – Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials. This is based on the same code as Windows Small Business Server (SBS) 2011 Essentials, but focused on providing client backup and network storage for existing business networks. See Sean Daniel’s blog post for pictures and details.
Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials can be joined to a regular Active Directory domain, and can integrate users from that domain. This makes it a perfect companion to an SBS network to handle all your client backup needs. Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials is limited to 25 users and 25 clients, but you can have multiple Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials devices joined to the domain, so that limitation isn’t a big issue.
Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials will also include the Remote Web Access portal that Windows SBS 2011 Essentials has, if you need that ability, but if you’re using it as part of an SBS network, you’ve already got that covered.
I’ve been testing a very early version of the product, and I’m really impressed. This is definitely going to be a winner in the SBS space to solve the client backup concerns our customers have.
Windows Storage Server 2008 R2 Essentials will be, at least initially, only available as an OEM integrated product. But as part of an HP MicroServer, for example, this looks like a real winner.