Microsoft today denied reports that it has had to tweak its Small Business Server only three months after its launch, to make it more appealing to small companies.
According to US reports, the Windows NT-based Back Office Small Business Server (SBS) has suffered from memory and user limitations. They quote resellers who complain of various problems - the 1Gbyte ceiling on the SQL Server database element of the suite, the 25-user constraint and the single domain limitations built into the product.
One Var said: ?Our typical customer model is lots of small offices within a larger organisation. The fact that SQL Server is limited to 1Gbyte is really stupid. How the heck are you supposed to run all these Back Office applications on one server??
But Neil Laver, Microsoft?s product manager for SBS, said: ?We?ve received no feedback that any of these things are an issue, but we are reviewing the situation and, if appropriate, any changes will go into a new version. There are no firm plans for a new version this year, however, but there?ll probably be one next year.?
He added that the reseller was having problems because he was trying to sell SBS into the wrong market - the product is targeted specifically at small businesses, not small departments in medium or large companies.
But he denied Microsoft was facing cannibalisation of the customer base for the full blown Back Office product, with customers unwilling to pay higher prices for the full product when a cheaper offering was available.
Laver also rejected reports that the software giant planned to announce a specially priced upgrade for existing SBS customers wanting to add a second SBS bundle with support for 25 additional clients.
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