Microsoft Windows Essential Business Server was Microsoft’s offering to Mid-Sized businesses with up to a Maximum of 300 users and/or devices. It was released during the third quarter of 2008.
Microsoft announced today that it will discontinue future development of this offering starting June 30th 2010. You can read more about it here.
From the EBS Blog:
“Today, we announced the decision to streamline our server product portfolio and will discontinue future development of EBS, effective June 30th, 2010.
Since the launch of EBS, several changes have occurred that drove our decision to streamline our server product portfolio. First, midsize businesses are rapidly turning to technologies such as management, virtualization and cloud computing as a means to cut costs, improve efficiency, and increase competitiveness. Those capabilities are already available through other offerings, including Windows Server 2008 R2, Microsoft System Center and the Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS).”
What does this mean to the small and mid-sized business community? It just means that Microsoft will no longer ship/sell this server offering. Any other versions will not be affected.
What about customers that currently have EBS installed on their networks? Microsoft thought about this, and they are offering for a limited time the individual components of EBS 2008 to licensed customers for free. You can check the Microsoft EBS site for more information about this offer – http://www.microsoft.com/ebs.
What about support? Here’s what the EBS development team has to say about this:
Current EBS customers can look forward to a support cycle that holds true to the Microsoft five-year mainstream and five-year extended support lifecycle. All service packs will also be supported according to lifecycle support. For more detailed information, please visit http://support.microsoft.com/lifecycle.
If you are a customer that has EBS currently deployed on their network and need advice, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Until Next Time.