I’ve just received an e-mail from Microsoft announcing the release of Windows Server code name “Aurora” Preview. This version of their Server Operating System is part of their Small Business Servers lineup. It was announced last month during the WPC. They are marketing this release of the operating system as a “bridge” between on-premises software and the cloud. Microsoft says that it is ideal for small businesses with 25 or less users.
Here’s an excerpt from the e-mail I received:
We believe that most small businesses need a server; however not all of them know it yet. That is why we designed Aurora, which is the ideal solution as a first server for those millions of Small Businesses worldwide that have less than 25 users and are still using a peer to peer network or have no network at all.
For those businesses, Windows Small Business Server Codename “Aurora” provides a cost-effective and easy-to-use way to simplify those businesses’ IT infrastructure, reduce cost and spend more time focusing on core business’ needs and less time worrying about their IT.
Aurora offers small businesses the help they need to ensure their data is safe through advanced backup and file restoration features. Aurora’s users can quickly set automatic, daily backups of every computer and server on the network and if problems with files arise, the customers will be able to restore individual files, folders, or an entire PC or server with simple recovery tools.
In addition, we are giving our users the power to utilize their files and documents to address business challenges even when they’re away from the office. By using a personalized web address, Aurora’s users will also be able connect to the server from virtually anywhere and access their computers and documents from any common web browser.
Finally, Aurora offers our customers the possibility to run their critical line of business applications on a stable, reliable platform based on Windows Server 2008 R2.
If these on premise functionalities are not enough, Windows Small Business Server Codename “Aurora” is a true “bridge to the cloud” designed to integrate between on-premise and online services and to use pay-as-you-go online services to extend the server functionality without increasing workload and maintenance needs.
I will download the beta version and start testing it as soon as I can. If you are interested, and if you didn’t register for their beta program a month ago, you can visit Microsoft’s connect site and register to download the Preview software.
Until next time.