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For months we have been wondering about the names and pricing of Microsoft's (newssite) new servers for the SMB market. Microsoft has finally put an end to the speculation with a blog posted this week. In the post, Microsoft offered up the names of the new products and how much companies can expect to pay to get their hands on them.

The news, written by Manlio Vecchiet, the Director for Windows Server Product Management, on Microsoft’s Small Business Server blog outlines a range of products that will cover everything from micro enterprises, to small businesses  and departments of up to 75 people.

When news of the new release of servers for the SMB market was announced, details were sparse with even the names unknown. Since the beta release of the server code-named Aurora however, there has been considerable interest across the space with 9000 downloads of Aurora and Windows Small Business Server 7.

Server 2011 Release Details

This week, Microsoft  clarifies the final details. There will be two products and a number of add-on options that include:

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials

The server that was known as Aurora -- and probably always will -- provides all the horse-power needed to run all of Microsoft’s latest releases, not least of which is Office365, as well as its hosted email products and CRM.

Designed for up to 25 users it is expected to be released in the first half of 2011 through all Microsoft server licensing channels and will cost in the region of US$ 545.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Standard

Commonly referred to as Windows Small Business Server “7” , the product is aimed at small businesses of up to 75 people. In addition to capabilities of Aurora, it also provides daily back-ups and enables file and printer sharing and internet connectivity.

Consistent with all previous versions of Windows SBS 2008 Standard, which required both service license and CALs for each users, the server will cost US$ 1096 and with CALs costing US$ 72. The release is expected next month through Microsoft server licensing channels with further availability through OEM’s and system builders in February 2011.

Windows Small Business Server 2011 Premium Add-on

This includes a server that offers support for SQL server based LOB applications as well as access to Windows Server 2008 R2. The Windows SBS 2011 Premium Add-on includes Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, and SQL Server 2008 R2 for Small Business. It can also be added to both Windows Small Business Server 2011 Essentials and Standard editions.

The add-on enables enterprises to run a large number of line-of-business applications on an additional server and is suited for role-based deployments such as LOB application support.

The decision to move to an add-on model was taken to provide users with more flexibility and deployment options with the ability to purchase additional servers either up front or as needed. The estimated price is US$ 1,604 with CALs approximately US$ 92. It will also be available with the release of Windows SBS 2011 Standard in December.

There’s a large quantity of information available on the datasheets that accompany the news. If you would like to know more, the information can be accessed here.