Microsoft have just announced Windows Server 2008 Foundation. This is a new entry-level server platform that gives small businesses access to big-business solutions. For press release information click here... here are a few snippets from the press release, including a link to more information:
"Microsoft Corp. has expanded its industry-leading Windows Server family of operating systems with the addition of Windows Server 2008 Foundation. Built for small businesses with 15 or fewer users, Windows Server 2008 Foundation puts the reliability, security and manageability of the Windows Server platform within the reach of all businesses at an affordable price. Windows Server 2008 Foundation is initially available in 40 countries and will provide small business customers with the ability to run business applications and databases, host Web sites, and provide basic server functionality such as file and print sharing and remote access."
"Microsoft’s goal is to provide a Windows Server-based solution for every customer need, size and budget. Windows Server 2008 Foundation delivers server functionality that customers have come to expect from Microsoft in a familiar Windows environment. As the business grows, customers can upgrade to other members of the Windows Server family, which provide additional functionality such as integrated e-mail, simplified management, virtualization and other advanced features. Customers can invest in Windows Server 2008 Foundation with confidence that there will be a Windows Server-based solution that suits their evolving business needs."
"Windows Server 2008 Foundation will be sold preinstalled on servers from manufacturers, including Dell Inc., HP and IBM Corp. Each OEM will set its own prices, which may vary by country. The first such machines will be available for purchase in the coming months. More information and details on how to purchase Windows Server 2008 Foundation are available at http://www.microsoft.com/windowsfoundationserver. Windows Server 2008 Foundation takes advantage of the same application certification requirements as Windows Server 2008. Applications certified for Windows Server can be found at http://www.windowsservercatalog.com.
Additional information on Windows Server can be found at the Windows Server Division blog at http://blogs.technet.com/windowsserver/default.aspx."
Stay tuned for more about Windows Server 2008 Foundation and it's roll out in the UK.