Keeping IT Simple – Infrastructure Choices for the Small Business : John R. Pattison:
Interesting blog post about the decision making process of upgrading. Looks like HP will be launching their Foundation Server models starting next week according to this blog post.
“In the end, I decided that the best way to “Keep IT Simple” was to move the client’s domain from SBS2003 to Windows Server 2008 Foundation + Microsoft Online Services, and let users do their own workstation backups using the image-level backup tool provided in Windows Vista. While the Home Server was a tempting add-in, I feared that I was introducing too much complexity. Had this been a new business without an preestablished server/domain, I would have gone with Windows Home Server, but in this case, I just couldn’t bring myself to kill a domain and then deal with the mess of workstations perpetually looking for a domain controller.
Best wishes to all of the IT Pros out there… Keep that infrastructure simple and fight TCO bloat!”
So what do you think? Would you make a similar decision? Would you make a different one? What solutions are in your menu of options and why are you landing on those as your solutions for small businesses these days?