Microsoft have released a new operating system designed for the small business. Wait, don’t we already have one of those?
Microsoft Server 2008 Foundation is aimed at businesses with 15 employees or less. It’s an OEM product that only comes with new machines sold by either Dell or HP (at time of writing). Another thing to note are the artificial limitations placed on the OS.
- 15 users maximum
- Limited to 8gb of memory
- Visualization disabled
At the same time it does have one benefit. It’s a very cheap Terminal Server.
The OS is upgradable to other versions of server 2008, but what is the point? I can guarentee that by the time this happens, the hardware will be out of date, or the hardware simply won’t be able to be upgraded significantly to improve the performance of the server with the upgraded operating system.
The biggest problem with Foundation is its lack of Exchange. What business operates without email these days?
I love Microsoft products, but this sounds like a knee jerk reaction to a slow uptake on Windows 2008 Small Business Server and will ultimately fail. Watch this space…
Lets just hope this is an April Fools joke.