No news on the naming of the product yet, but today Microsoft announced details of the next versions of Small Business Server. The big surprise… there’s TWO versions of the product, not one. Details here Both versions will have public beta available by the end of Summer (US time) – go here for the beta. The two versions of the product however differ greatly from what many think.
Windows Small Business Server Code Name “Aurora” is the big secret here – it combines on premise functionality with cloud computing which many people have asked for. It supports up to 25 users. There will be BPOS integration via the console to make it dead easy for you to add users locally and in the cloud.
Windows Small Business Server 7 – is the more traditional onsite solution that is effectively an update of SBS 2008 and allows them to grow to up to 75 users. It will contain Windows Server 2008 R2, Exchange Server 2010 SP1, SharePoint 2010 Foundation, Windows Server Update Services 3.0 and in the Premium version SQL Server 2008 R2
Exact naming of the products and pricing has not been announced at this point, so stay tuned for more details as they come to hand. In the meantime – sign up for the beta so you can get your hands on the product quick smart.