SBS End Is The Best Move Microsoft Made In Years


SBS 2003 is probably the greatest product Microsoft has put out in the server space and it’s one that made us a lot of money. It has financed the buildout of other product lines which have done enormously well for ExchangeDefender, it has created a huge following and a community, got many places to embrace Microsoft technology and create sophisticated networks.

I will miss it. I am sure so will many of you.

However, this is a clear line Microsoft is drawing in the sand that will force many Microsoft partners to be smarter about what they are doing and just how they build their business, take a better look at their product portfolio and move beyond vendor roadmap worship and into building solutions and services with their name on it.

Microsoft has decided that there are two worlds: Consumer and Enterprise.

We kind of know better and look forward to working with you at ExchangeDefender because the world is not on the ground or in the cloud, it’s where the client pays the most.

I will post the followup once I make it back to United States on how you can take advantage of the news and emotions surrounding this announcement because this is the best thing Microsoft could have done for you (I know you don’t believe it right now but I will explain it).

3 Responses to SBS End Is The Best Move Microsoft Made In Years

  1. Leen Kleijwegt says:

    Everyone his own opinion!
    This blog is written by a man which dollars must be earned in the cloud….

    Dear Vlad, i will probably use your cloud product some time in the future and in that area I will take you serious!

    And about the SBS community:
    The community contains very serious geeks that want the best product available in the market for our very small businesses (clients). For many years it was SBS, and we helped each other where needed, party’d where possible, all over the world.
    Yes, not only dollars, pounds or euros but also the love for the product and the SBS community/partners.
    Call it sentimental and I will ask you to mature …

    Regards, Leen Kleijwegt
    The Dutch SBS guy.
    Excuses for my English.

  2. Jim Maher says:

    Been waiting for you to chime in . . .

    My own sentimentatlity aside, I’m starting to get excited about re-mixing the product lines. I don’t think I’ve TRULY re-thought – from scratch – since about 2004.

    I, at least, would welcome your participation in the community-wide rethink that will take place over the next year or so.

    There’s probably a way for OWN to fit in to the mix, at least in a small way . . .


  3. Glen Rundblom says:

    I don’t understand all the uproar that’s happening about the SBS stuff. Its technology, change happens all the time. Its just one more thing that has been discontinued that we have to find something else to fill the need.

    Next year it will be software vendor X discontinuing package M.

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