As you may already be aware, the release of Microsoft Server 2012 has brought big changes to the Windows Server product range. One of the biggest changes is the discontinuation of Small Business Server, which has always been the most cost effective way to purchase the Exchange and SQL Server packages for small businesses.
With the introduction of Server 2012, Exchange Server and SQL Server will need to be purchased as additional extras, but the cost is likely to be prohibitive for many small businesses. This will see many small businesses migrating some of their IT systems into the cloud, particularly Exchange Server-based email. Cloud-based email and other services are great and are suitable for many businesses, but not all, so it is wise to get expert advice before making any decisions.
We’re pleased to confirm that Small Business Server will be supported by CloudfreeIT for many years yet, so we urge all small businesses looking to invest in their first server (particularly for hosting email or an SQL-based business application), or running older versions of SBS, to talk to us about the various options available.
We anticipate significant demand for our implementation services as there is likely to be quite a rush to get SBS in the next few months. Stocks of SBS 2011 Standard and Essentials will eventually run out, so to avoid disappointment please talk to us sooner rather than later!