Well it’s been a few days since the announcement and we’re still waiting for the official beta. If I were in charge of the universe I would have opened up the beta concurrently so that people would see that it’s really close to SBS Essentials and there are potentials for an on premise Exchange.
To all of those people thinking that if you yell loud enough Microsoft will change their minds, trust me. They won’t. We’ve been saying that bandwidth is limited, the cloud is not always the option just like you are.
Let’s be honest, SBS 2011 standard HAD to change. SharePoint and it’s psconfig stuff either had to go or get on another server that didn’t blow up the box. Exchange especially in vNext appears to be getting bigger not smaller. Microsoft is not building smaller versions of their products to fit as well as they did in the 2003 era.
Let’s be honest with ourselves and acknowledge that while this is hard and rough, we’ve seen this coming.
So.. okay… now what?
For those in non profit you still have the techsoup licenses you can buy and now with Windows 2012 allowing two virtualization rights, not just one, it is feasible to build a SBS like thing with Exchange on a separate server or on a second virtualized instance.
For those not in non profit, and not with big cash wads, this decision of Microsoft is actually more of a bad thing FOR Microsoft. It removes the stickiness of the Microsoft platform. There’s less of a demand to upgrade, less of a demand for Microsoft.
The Tubb blog talks about this — http://www.tubblog.co.uk/blog/2012/07/06/goodbye-sbs-hello-to-a-world-of-alternatives/
Don’t forget our webinar next week – http://www.thirdtier.net/2012/07/webinar-future-of-small-business-it/