Looks as if the recent server decisions continue the tradition set forth with Win 8:
"This is by FAR the biggest BONE HEAD decision Microsoft has made! My entire business evolved around SBS and even EBS! I made significant investment in Time and Money; learning the product, selling the product and supporting the product. You just wiped out a HUGE SBS community around the world whom like me were devoted SBSers! I don't know where you get your information, but there is a large group of us out here who have customers who DO NOT WANT CLOUD COMPUTING! SBS2003 was probably your finest product. Since then I have watched you pull it apart, shrink its features as it relates to Small Business and in general attempt to Drive us Partners to the Cloud. Can't you understand some of us don't want to go there? And the reason we don't want to go there is BECAUSE our customers don't want to go there! I strongly urge you and Microsoft to reconsider this STUPID decision you have made!"
"You are nuts ? You decided to kill SBS, fair, but without a solution that SMBs can afford with Exchange on premise, expect our clients to say goodbye to Exchange and welcome to other onsite solutions. Not that we'll push it, be we will have no other solution. Cloud is not a universal solution, we don't have high speed/low cost bandwith everywhere, there are numerous people afraid of Big Brother. Do you expect to survive WPC angry partners ? Didn't you realise last year that the only one clapping during plenery session were MS folks ?"
"Microsoft needs to see the real world where most places do not have the connections needed for cloud usage (aka speed and reliability). But apparently management has just decided to run full speed off the cliff and hope they grow wings."
I'm sure the biggest issue here isn't that people won't be able to adapt to the new system. It's convincing the customer to go with it. How can you convince someone who's used to the old SBS pricing ($700-800) that they will need shell out several thousand dollars extra to get the same functionality? What if they don't have a reliable and/or fast connection?
SBS 2011 Standard offered a fully configured OOBE solution with Exchange, SharePoint, AD, etc. For Server 2012, we have to convince the customer to buy Server 2012 ($800+), Exchange 2010 ($1200+), and CALs for both Exchange and Server 2012. The worst part is that they will need to pay to have all of those roles configured that were previously configured out of the box with SBS 2011 Standard. It was hard enough convincing them to get Standard in the first place. With this move they've alienated the customer base and (pardon my language) screwed over the technicians. Several thousand extra in licensing and install costs, no way any SMB will go for it. To use Office 365, many users will have to shell out extra to have reliable and consistent connections. The main reason many people avoid Essentials. This is just a terrible move by MS.
Terrible. Our biggest source of revenue, and our biggest source of customer satisfaction, is being eliminated and replaced with... a fluffy cloud of nothing.
I find it hard to believe that channel partners have anything positive to feel or say about this, especially guaged on the reactions of colleagues that linked me this. For clients who've reliably purchased small business solution packages from us since the late 90's, it seems we have to advise them that Microsoft's offerings for more than a decade, have been discontinued.
My most recent SBS2011 install (about 16 days ago) was for a 15-user system. That system gets, at best, about 300Kbps download speed on their broadband connection, purely due to their location. Upload speed is about 128Kbps. 15 users are sharing this link. The best quote we could find for a leased line was £1900. That's £1900 per month. Needless to say, anything in this current fad called the cloud is completely irrelevant and useless to them. So, Microsoft, how useful is your wonderful cloud to us?
Microsoft's technical background has now been overshadowed by their pie-in-the-sky marketing department. Well done guys
I agree with Sandeep and others. This is NOT a good decision. Some people just don't want to move to the cloud, period. Others have political reasons they can't. Others still want things onsite so they can customize. For example, I know a lot of SBS customers who have Faxmaker and use it to route faxes to employee emails through their Exchange Server that comes with SBS! There are many custom low cost solutions that leverage SBS's many awesome abilities. Microsoft. This is NOT a smart move.
I am sys admin and frankly I think its the dumbest decision ever made done to date. Its about as a good decision of putting Metro on server 2012. Was that wind bag moron ms ceo behind this decision as well?
Forced Metro, forced cloud.. what's up at Redmond in 2012? It looks as if Sinofksy & Ballmer base all their decisions on shiny articles at zdnet, theverge and cnet. If some washed up tech journalists hypes something, then the "new Microsoft" needs to immediately kill off/cripple their decade(s) old existing and sucessful products to catch the fads and hypes. Customers be damned. It's downright scary.