Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 too expensive for hardware, market
Tim Anderson’s ITWriting – Tech writing blog » Microsoft Small Business Server 2008 too expensive for hardware, market:
Is SBS 2008 too expensive? Or was SBS 2003 too cheap? Seriously. I’m not saying that to someone expecting the dirt cheap prices of SBS 2003 that it isn’t a bit of a gulp moment, but maybe the problem isn’t with SBS 2008 but rather with SBS 2003? And maybe one needs to think about a 10 user Windows Home Server with Hosted email for those 5 and under folks?
Name the number one missused OS and I’d argue it was someone who bought SBS 2003 premium because it was cheap SQL. SBS 2003 got sold in the wrong place too many times.
I also totally cringe when SBS 2003 was sold for less than $700 on hardware (software included). That sucker was an overgrown cheap celeron desktop and was not server quality. It made for a totally LOUSY SBS experience on that hardware.
And for the record, for someone used to Windows desktop, managing a SBS server is much easier than learning to manage Linux. On Amy Luby’s SMBManagedServices yahoogroup today the discussion point was made that one has to be careful with Open Source Solution projects that they may have hidden costs and bugs that have to be worked through that you don’t anticipate.