So the dust has settled a little after the SBS 2008 announcements last week
I also talked in that post about how i always sell the premium edition as it has positive effects in the long term
It was this post by Susan that has made me re-think my initial viewpoint
Susan talks about how the additional Windows 2008 license gives you more flexibility (“wiggle possibilities”)
I think i possibly got so caught up with the “second server” that i never gave any thought to the fact the SQL server could still go on the SBS.
If this is a support option then this makes my premium only stand-point still valid, in fact it makes it better
As before, the customer buys premium, when they grow they already have SQL Server as needed but they also have the added generic ativan sublingual bonus that when they do get to the second server stage for a terminal server/application server/whatever they already have an operating system license ready to use
You could even virtualise this second operating system so it all runs under the same hardware.
Also (as Susan mentions) a lot of my SBS 2003 client wont move to 2008 until they are ready to replace hardware. However, a lot of the servers we use a pretty decent machines so could be re-used as this second server.
As long as the SQL server is supported on the first server (not seen it mentioned either way on the official information) I’m pretty excited about the flexibility. Especially with the virtualisation possibilities with the price of Quad Core servers and RAM dropping all the time
There have also been one or two hints dropped there is more to come in the way of SBS annoucements so i’ll look forward to that
Only thing i’m worried about now is those Standard and Premium CALS……
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