Howdy y’all – I am Harry Brelsford – the author of the SMB Consulting Best Practices book. I like holding virtual book readings – so here you go. BTW – my SBS 2008 book is now here!
Microsoft’s SMB Product Ladder
The SMB marketing maestros at Microsoft’s Redmond campus have come up with an SMB product map. (Kindly note this is current as of spring 2003 and will be updated by Microsoft for future product releases—and it doesn’t reflect Small Business Server 2003.) The SMB product map is shown in Figure 5-2 with comments and analysis to follow.
Microsoft’s SMB Product Map (circa spring 2003)
There are two way to interpret the above figure. On the one hand, you could view it as four distinct levels. You might have clients on different levels. Micro-businesses, such as home-based professionals, might have a simple peer-to-peer network with Windows XP Pro. Your larger clients in the medium space might have standalone Windows Server 2003 machines, each dedicated to an important function, such as e-mail, database, and firewall. SBS fits in the middle in two roles: standalone and in conjunction with additional servers.
Harry Brelsford, CEO at SMB Nation (www.smbnation.com)
MBA, MCSE, CNE, CLSE, CNP, MCP, MCT, SBSC (Microsoft Small Business Specialist)
PS – my Small Business Server 2008 (SBS 2008) book is now here!