27 seconds ago, Craig_Matthews wrote
Not to take away from your other points, but the Standard edition of SBS 2011 (the present version of SBS that comes with Exchange, not SBS 2011 Essentials) already needs CALs at $80 a piece, which is about $5600 to fill out the 75 user limit (not counting the 5 CALs you get with the server). Only Essentials does not require CALs.
Yes, but you need to pay up three times the amount (3 * 80) now
1 for Win Server Standard
1 for Exchange
1 for SBS Essentials (if you have more than 25 users)
3*80 > 1*80 (Well, approximately, since the Exchange CAL is a bit cheaper)
Regarding cost, let me quote one more comment from the SBS blog (bear in mind that many businesses run their SBS servers indeed for 8-10 years):
For a 30 user small business, the increase in costs are staggering if you wanted to go with microsoft's cloud services. these are open license costs...
SBS 2011 Standard w/ 30 CALs - $2377
Comparable on-premise solution (two Windows 2008 R2 standard servers, 30 windows CALs, Exchange 2010 standard, 30 exchange CALs) - $4702
SBS Essentials – not an option
Windows 2008 R2 Standard w/ 30 User CALS: $1511
Exchange online @ $4/month per mailbox: $1440/yr - 10 year cost: $15,911
How are your partners supposed to be able to justify an over $11,000 cost increase of a solution to move to the cloud? These numbers are even more staggering once you get closer to the 75 user limit of SBS.