As you are probably aware by now at the end of 2013 Microsoft are discontinuing the Small Business Server 2011 (SBS) from the market place. This means you only have a few weeks left to buy this version from CNC.
SBS 2011 is the last version of the operating system which most of you rely upon to drive your server and run your email with MS-Exchange.
In its place they are launching SBS Essentials – a stripped down version of SBS that does not include Exchange.
This is because Microsoft wants you to move to their hosted Exchange service – Office 365.
Another important change is the recent release of Office 2013, which no longer supports connectivity to older, Microsoft Exchange 2003 servers, included in SBS 2003 which a lot of companies are still running.
SBS 2011 currently makes more commercial sense because otherwise you will pay a minimum of £ 2.60 + VAT per user per month for the privilege to run your email. Multiply that by the number of users and over 5 years you are paying substantially more than if you purchased SBS 2011.
The alternative is to buy full versions of Windows and Exchange (or Office 365) which will likely triple the cost.
If you have over 25 users you will have no choice in the matter as SBS Essentials reduces the 75 user limit of SBS to 25.
Are you happy to hand over your email to Microsoft?
On top of this you will lose an element of control of your email. Where are your emails being stored? How long are they retained for? Disclaimers, Public Folders etc will all have to be re-configured.
If you send a lot of internal emails, all of these will now go out over your broadband lines, adding to congestion.
If you would like to discuss your options in more detail please do not hesitate to contact our sales department on 0845 0700 585 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.